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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for May 21, 2018: Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

May 20, 2018 at 4:07 pm


Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living FacadeSihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade
Zürich, Switzerland
6,313 sf Greenwall

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: May 21, 2018

We’ve featured many types of greenwalls over the years as our Project of the Week, mostly growing media- and hydroponic based systems, but not many green facades yet.  See these: One Premier Place in Irvine, CA; Plaza Delicias (Delicias Square) Vertical Garden in Zaragoza, Spain; the 345 Meatpacking Green Facades in New York, NY; and One Central Park in Sydney, Australia, which has both living walls and green façades.

Why?  Because people (designers, manufacturers, owners, etc.) aren’t submitting them to The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database!

Facade greening features a training structure that supports vines, both trailers and climbers, growing upward from the ground away from the building.  And there are two main types: a multidimensional welded wire trellising system, and a variety of stainless steel cable and mesh systems.

So, we’re very happy to be showcasing the Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade, a beautiful, lush green facade that is thriving in Zürich.  Read below to learn a bit about its construction, and click on any of the photos to take you to the Project Profile where you can read all about this challenging greenwall.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

By the way, the massive Sihlcity is covered in extensive greenroofs, and we’d love to feature them as an upcoming Project of the Week…

Does anyone know about who designed or installed them, or what systems were used?  Please let me know!

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

Mini Description & Details

Sihlcity is a shopping mall in Zurich built on the grounds of a former paper mill near the Sihl River.  Stretching over 100,000 square meters, Sihlcity is one of Switzerland’s largest shopping and leisure complexes, and it’s covered in extensive greenroofs.

Designed by architect Theo Hotz, it attracts 20,000 visitors a day offering a broad range of shops, restaurants, entertainment venues, cultural events, a hotel, offices, and living spaces.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

zhdamalsheute.ch shows the former Papierfabrik Sihl, now Sihlcity, in 1951 photo from ETH-Bibliothek Zurich, Picture Archive, and in 2016, photo by zhdamalsheute.ch.

Jakob Rope Systems participated in several facets of this landmark project.  The eastern facade of the 8-story high parking garage was equipped with a green wall planned by Jakob AG, and the southern facade of the same building was covered with a stainless steel net across a large surface.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

With a height of 23 meters and a width of 25.5 meters, the sheer size and resulting loads made it impossible to apply standard solutions.  Jakob designed the training systems in cooperation with Raderschall landscape architects and provided installation on site.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

The relatively wide-meshed training structure is formed by vertical and horizontal ropes of various thicknesses suspended at a distance of 70 cm in front of the facade.  This allows plenty of growing space for the mainly Chinese wisteria and birthworts.

The distribution of the rugged, custom steel spacers, mounted to the slabs of the second, fourth, sixth, and eighth floors, follows a clear-cut grid pattern.  The same applies to the vertical ropes which matches the graphically strong aspect of the design.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

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The striking living wall delivers an elegant aesthetic solution to the car park facade, as well as a number of advantages including providing a sunscreen in the summer to help keep the car park cool; an additional layer of insulation during the winter; a level of sound insulation for the busy car park; and an effective deterrent to graffiti.

Sihlcity is a great example of reutilization and preservation of the site’s industrial heritage with both repurposed and new buildings, along with a beautiful living facade.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

Year: 2007
Owner: Karl Steiner AG
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Green Façade
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 6313 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Theo Hotz
Greenwall Training System Design: Jakob AG and Raderschall
Greenwall System: Webnet, Jakob Rope Systems
Greenwall Installation: Jakob Rope Systems

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

All the Info:

View the Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade project profile to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 5/21/18 video photo credits: Courtesy of Jakob Rope Systems; Sihlcity; and 1951 photo from ETH-Bibliothek Zurich, Picture Archive and 2016 photo by zhdamalsheute.ch.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits Host

Inaugural Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit in Brooklyn, June 20-21, 2018: Special Greenroofs.com Discount

May 18, 2018 at 4:33 pm

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Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit

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The inaugural Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit in Brooklyn, NY on June 20-21, 2018 will focus on the role that vertical and indoor farming can have in serving local, regional and national food systems, and new opportunities for investment and collaboration. Use the registration code GRS300 for the Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit Special Discount for Greenroofs.com Readers.

Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit 2018 Special Greenroofs.com DiscountThe Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit presents new opportunities for investment and collaboration in the fast-growing fields of indoor and vertical farming.

Focused on the role of indoor agriculture in local, regional and national food systems, the summit will connect a unique mix of operators, food producers, technology developers, plant scientists, food buyers, retailers, financiers, utility operators and city planners. Join us as we explore the innovation, business models and partnerships that are needed to scale this fast-emerging industry.

The Summit will share best practice from around the world and uncover how advances in AI, automation, lighting, environmental control and plant science are set to transform these systems in the future. Indoor AgTech will offer new opportunities for networking and partnerships with senior-level innovators and business leaders in the sector.

Our events are geared to maximize networking opportunities with breakout networking space, social drinks, a 1:1 meeting tool and dedicated meetings room.

Building Sustainable, Profitable and Healthy Food Systems

The theme of this year’s Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit is:

Building Sustainable, Profitable and Healthy Food Systems.

The program will explore the building and investing in more sustainable, profitable and healthy food systems.

Why attend?

The Role of Indoor & Vertical Farming as Part of the Regional & National Food System:

• Matrix of Success: Operations & Systems that are Set to Scale Rapidly
• Opportunities in Global Markets (Middle East, China & Asia)
• Commercial Collaborations & Partnerships for Succeeding in a Crowded Market
• Crops, Robotics & Automation: Engineering Systems for Enhanced Efficiency
• Plant Science: Optimising Traits to Indoor Systems
• Matching Capital & De-Risking Early Stage Investment
• Future Markets: Nutraceuticals & Pharmaceuticals
• Nurturing the Innovation Ecosystem & Entrepreneurial Spirit
• Technology Showcase of Innovative Solutions for the Sector

Industry leaders from around the globe will explore the commercial strategies, business models and partnerships needed to scale this emerging industry, and unveil the latest innovations in automation, lighting, environmental control and plant science.

Launching June 20-21, 2018 in Brooklyn, NY, the Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit is part of the acclaimed World Agri-Tech Innovation Series organized by Rethink Events and is co-located with the Future Food-Tech summit.

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Confirmed Speakers

Eric Leroy Adams, Borough President, BROOKLYN, USA
Dave Rosenberg, CEO, AERO FARMS, USA
Dave Vosberg, CFO & SVP Strategy, FRESH BOX FARMS, USA
Tim Heydon, CEO, SHENANDOAH, CANADA
Arama Kukutai, Managing Director, FINISTERE VENTURES, USA
Sanjeev Krishnan, Managing Director and CIO, S2G VENTURES, USA
John Reich, Scientific Programme Director, FFAR, USA
John Purcell, Global Vegetables R&D Lead, MONSANTO COMPANY, USA
Osnat Michaeli, Co-Founder & CMO, INFARM, GERMANY
Viraj Puri, Co-Founder & CEO, GOTHAMGREENS, USA
Abby Craig Prior, Vice President of Business Development, BRIGHT FARMS, USA
Tobias Peggs, CEO, SQUARE ROOTS URBAN GROWERS, USA

See the entire list of Speakers and the full Agenda.

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Don’t Miss the Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit, June 20-21, 2018 at the New Lab, Cumberland Gate in Brooklyn

Dates: June 20-21, 2018
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Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities? #TheGlobalGrid Chat Recap

May 6, 2018 at 7:46 pm

Green Roofs #TheGlobalGrid Chat Recap

Green Roofs #TheGlobalGrid Chat Recap

Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities?

On April 18 I participated in our first Twitter Chat with The Global Grid.  Along with our fellow panelists Dusty Gedge, Tesse Duste, and Ben Flanner, Sarah Essbai of The Global Grid hosted the live event and I have to say it was pretty cool!

I’ll take this opportunity to thank Sarah of The Global Grid for reaching out to us, as they say.

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Green Roofs #TheGlobalGrid Chat Recap

To get an idea of what you missed, check out Sarah’s post Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities? #TheGlobalGrid Chat Recap.  Here’s an excerpt:

April’s #TheGlobalGrid Twitter chat was dedicated to green roofs, a special sustainable building feature gaining popularity in cities around the world. During our chat, we asked if green roofs benefit more than the buildings they sit atop and if their many benefits extend to the city level; contributing to citywide sustainability goals.

We are pleased to have been joined by Greenroofs.com to co-host this special World Landscape Architecture Month chat, and by four green roofs experts in Europe and the United States who constituted the chat panel:

The conversation was structured around five questions. Our panelists’ answers were perceptive and insightful. Check a summary of their contributions below:

  1. Green roof design and type depend greatly on the structure of their host building

Green roofs present an extra load that should be accounted for in the structural calculations of new buildings or tolerated by the structures of existing buildings. While growing food might be one of the most popular features of green roofs, most existing buildings structures are not apt to carry the extra weight of intensive green roofs. Retrofitting projects can, therefore, be often limited to installing extensive green roofs which still have great environmental benefits.

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  1. Green roof costs are offset by their long-term benefits at the building and community scale

Green roofs are long-term investments. At the building level, they extend the roof’s life, reduce its energy costs and increase the property’s overall value. The benefits for the community are even greater. Green roofs contribute to making communities more sustainable and climate resilient. Accessible green roofs create additional open spaces for community activities and increase a neighborhood’s brand value, which attracts more development and investment creating a virtuous cycle of benefits.

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Read more at The Global Grid here.

Virtually Fast & Furious

It was also my first time utilizing the TweetDeck app, and I ended up opening 5 more columns to follow everyone – of course, Aramis helped me and enjoyed the experience, too.  Here are a couple of screen shots:

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You know we are no strangers to Virtual Events, and think this is another great way to communicate the world over – Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture – at no or relatively no expense.

If you couldn’t join us, please do in our next Twitter Chat venture.  And, if fast and furious along with greenroofs and walls excite you, join us in a Twitter Chat soon!

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I’m not sure when that will be, but we’ll let you know and welcome your ideas for future topics and collaborations!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits Host

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for May 7, 2018: Kensington Roof Gardens (The Roof Gardens, Derry & Toms)

May 6, 2018 at 4:12 pm


Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & TomsKensington Roof Gardens (The Roof Gardens, Derry & Toms)
London, UK
65,340 sf Greenroof

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Photo: The Roof Gardens/Virgin.

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: May 7, 2018

London’s iconic and beautiful 1938 Kensington Roof Gardens – and celebrity party venue – closed its doors to the public in early January.  Citing an ever changing London market and unpredictable market conditions, Virgin Limited Edition decided to close their doors.

As an English Heritage-designated Grade II Site added to the National Heritage List for England, the gardens will remain intact but who will maintain the site, with its four resident flamingos, is up in the air.  The historic Derry & Toms Roof Gardens was designed by Ralph Hancock, the same designer as the equally famous ‘Garden of the Nations’ of 1933-1935 atop the eleventh floor of the RCA building at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Also read the April 27, 2018 guest feature 37 Years After Opening to the Public, the Kensington Roof Gardens Has Closed Down by Pedro Dias here on Greenroofs.com for more info on this important urban greening project.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Photo: @theroofgardens (Instagram account now closed).

Mini Description & Details

The Roof Gardens (formerly known as Derry and Toms Roof Gardens and the Kensington Roof Gardens) is a 6,000 m2 exotic urban oasis situated six floors up and 100 feet above Kensington High Street in London.  Closed as of January 2018, Virgin Limited Edition, the most recent leaseholder, was not able to reach an agreement with the freeholder about renewal of the lease.

Previously occupied and made famous by the Derry & Toms Department Store, The Roof Gardens has been owned by Sir Richard Branson since 1982.  Part of Virgin Limited Edition, they hosted a members’ club, a private function venue and the Babylon Restaurant on the seventh floor overlooking the gardens.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Photo: @theroofgardens

The Roof Gardens was open to the public during this time.  In 1936, Welsh landscape architect Ralph Hancock designed the roof garden.  Over a two-year period Hancock planted more than 500 species of plants and shrubs within 18-36” of growing media in the one and a half acre site.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

A plan of the roof gardens in a 1950s promotional pamphlet” – designed by Ralph Hancock – from the House of Fraser Archive at the University of Glasgow Library.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

L: “A Garden in the Sky” from Parks and Gardens UK; R: “A Spanish garden on a roof in London” from the House of Fraser Archive at the University of Glasgow Library.

The Derry and Toms Roof Gardens opened in May 1938.  Queen Mary and other members of the British Royal family visited the roof gardens early after opening.  At the time, the roof garden was London and Europe’s largest intensive greenroof.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

“Queen Mary visiting the roof gardens” from the House of Fraser Archive at the University of Glasgow Library.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Flamingos in the Woodland Garden.  Photo: The Roof Gardens/Virgin.

The three themed gardens include: the Spanish Garden, planted with palm trees with a court of fountains, as well as Moorish colonnades and vine-covered walkways; the formal Tudor Courtyard, which features Hancock’s trademark herringbone brickwork pathways and impressive Tudor-inspired arches; and the English Woodland Garden, with over 100 trees and a flowing stream with fish, ducks, and four resident flamingos.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Photos: The Roof Gardens/Virgin.

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Now closed after 37 years of one of London’s best-known nightlife scenes and event venues, plans for The Roof Gardens remain uncertain.

As an English Heritage-designated Grade II Site, the gardens will not be demolished but who will maintain the site is unknown.  London’s most famous and historic roof garden may still yet have a future as a secret garden in the sky.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Dave Walker’s Derry and Toms Roof Garden Postcard from the Trevor Bowen Estate from The Library Time Machine of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Local Studies Library.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Kensington_roof_gardens_tent.jpg” by flickr user Bryce Edwards CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Kensington_roof_gardens_window.JPG” by Tomhannen at English Wikipedia Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Year: 1938
Owner:
Virgin Limited Edition
Location:
London, England, UK
Building Type:
Commercial
Type:
Intensive
System:
Custom
Size:
65340 sq.ft.
Slope:
1%
Access:
Accessible, Private

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Photos courtesy of Something Different London.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Commissioned by: Trevor Bowen, Barkers
Landscape Architect: Ralph Hancock
Architect: Bernard George
2008-2009 Restoration: Conservation Officer, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, English Heritage, Colwyn Foulkes and Randle Siddeley
The Roof Gardens Head Gardener: David Lewis

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

A Chilean Flamingo in the Kensington Roof Gardens. Kensington_roof_gardens_flamingo.jpg by flickr user Bryce Edwards CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

All the Info:

View the Kensington Roof Gardens (The Roof Gardens, Derry & Toms)  project profile to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Photo courtesy of Something Different London.

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Kensington Roof Gardens (The Roof Gardens, Derry & Toms) Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 5/07/18 video photo credits: Courtesy of Something Different London; Virgin Limited Edition; Dave Walker’s Derry and Toms Roof Garden Postcard, Trevor Bowen and Miss Diana Wynyard 1940s, and Spanish Garden from the Trevor Bowen Estate from The Library Time Machine of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Local Studies Library;  A Spanish garden on a roof in London,  A plan of the roof gardens in a 1950s promotional pamphlet, and Queen Mary visiting the roof gardens from the House of Fraser Archive at the University of Glasgow Library; @theroofgardens (Instagram account now closed); Derry’s Kensington, A Garden in the Sky, and Sun Pavilion Derry Gardens from Parks and Gardens UKDerry & Toms 26.JPG by Edwardx, Own work licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons; Kensington_roof_gardens_tent.jpg by flickr user Bryce Edwards CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons; and Kensington_roof_gardens_window.JPG by Tomhannen at English Wikipedia Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Did we miss your contribution? Please let us know to add you to the Kensington Roof Gardens (The Roof Gardens, Derry & Toms) profile.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits Host