Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for March 5, 2018: Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof & Greenwalls

March 5, 2018 at 2:50 pm

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof & Greenwalls
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
32,292 sf greenroof & vegetated terraces and approximately 500 sf greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: March 5, 2018

Following our wonderful experience attending the 5th International Green Roof Congress in Kuwait City last month, we are highlighting one of the projects we visited afterwards when we traveled to Dubai: the beautiful Dubai Opera and its new Opera Garden.

Installed in July 2017, the Dubai Opera Garden has center stage to the Burj Lake and the fabulous Dubai Music Fountains presented by the stunning Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s highest building.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Mini Description & Details

Situated in what is considered ‘the most prestigious square kilometre in the world’, the spectacular Dubai Opera is framed by the Burj Khalifa, lakes, fountains, and an array of mixed-use development.  Shaped like a dhow, a traditional wooden sailing vessel used in Arabian Gulf waters, the Dubai Opera was designed by ATKINS.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

The 3,000 square meter Dubai Opera Garden green roof was installed by AGCCIC over a large utility building located directly in front after two years of research by Knauf Insulation. Many festivities are held here at the publicly accessible green roof park and cultural space.

Challenges included weight restraints of the roof structure, the hot and dry environment, and high water consumption for keeping the roof green.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Knauf Insulation provided a lightweight system created by using only a 10 centimeter growing media profile using one layer of Urbanscape Green Roll mineral growing media (known as Hydro Blanket in the US) and a layer of local sweet soil on top.

Two types of semi-intensive green roofs include the large, open green park space planted with native Paspalum Grass and a smaller slightly elevated roof for plant testing with Sesuvium and others.  The system weight was reduced by 70% and irrigation needs were lowered up to 40% as compared to the standard green roof solution in Dubai.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

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Steps provide entry to the new green roof with access ramps on the side, dramatically lighted at night. A series of colorful modular greenwalls cover two sides to soften the structure.

Surrounded by a set of curvaceous vegetated terraces, a variety of different climate-adapted shrubs were planted such as Agave and Bougainvillea. The open space provides a beautiful elevated view of the world famous Dubai Music Fountains and colorful light show put on several times nightly.

Dubai Opera is a definitive international destination for performing arts, and its Opera Garden provides a needed and spacious public greenspace amenity to visitors to the world-class entertainment venue.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Year: 2017
Owner:
EMAAR Properties
Location:
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Building Type:
Commercial
Type:
Semi-Intensive
System:
Single Source Provider
Greenroof Size:
32,292 sq.ft. and Greenwalls Size: ~ 500 sq.ft.
Slope:
2% and 95%
Access:
Accessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Landscape Design: Harold Bekker, NLME Design
Landscape Design: Patrick Blom, NLME Design
John Noordam: BVB Substrates
Mineral Growing Media: Urbanscape Green Roll (Hydro Blanket), Knauf Insulation
Jure Sumi: Knauf Insulation Green Solutions
Darja Majkovic: Knauf Insulation Green Solutions
Dubai Opera Architect: Janus Rostock, ATKINS
Green Roof Installation: AGCCIC
Modular Greenwall System: Biotecture Ltd
Greenwall Installation: Acacia LLC (part of Tanseeq Investments group of companies)

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

All the Info:

View the Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof & Vegetated Terraces and Dubai Opera Garden Greenwalls project profiles to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about these particular projects in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof & Greenwalls Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 3/5/18 video credits: Video courtesy of Linda S. Velazquez and photos © courtesy of Knauf Insulation/Urbanscape® Green Roof, Dubai Opera, EMAAR Properties, dubaimetro.eu, AntonGots.com, and Linda S. Velazquez.

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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 February 12, 2018: 360 MALL and Expansion

February 13, 2018 at 12:56 pm

Greenroofs.com Project Week 360 Mall in Kuwait and Extension

360 Mall Vertical Gardens and 360 Expansion-Sheikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah International Tennis Complex
Kuwait City, Kuwait
8,934 sf vertical gardens and 16,684 sf vertical gardens under construction

Greenroofs.com Project Week 360 Mall Kuwait and Extension

Photo courtesy of ©Mitchell Duncan & Associates Ltd

Greenroofs.com Project Week 360 Mall Kuwait and Extension

Graphic for CallisonRTKL by ©Sport Concepts

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: February 12, 2018

Living architecture in the arid, water-scarce Middle East is challenging, but very doable.  Many examples exist of outdoor and indoor greenroofs and walls.  In honor of this week’s 5th International Green Roof Congress in Kuwait City, we are highlighting a particularly distinctive and curvaceous indoor living wall project and future expansion project by French botanist Patrick Blanc.

Held from February 17-18, 2018 at the very green Al Shaheed Park, we’re excited to attend!  And, I’m thrilled to be closing with my new “Top 10 Living Architecture Trends in Dry & Sub-Humid Regions” presentation on Sunday.

Greenroofs.com Project Week 360 Mall Kuwait and Extension

Photo ©CRTKL

Mini Description & Details

Developed by the Tamdeen Group and designed by architects CallisonRTKL, the 360 MALL in Kuwait is a unique luxury retail and entertainment complex.  One of the most dynamic retail and leisure destinations in the region has been created, combining upscale shopping, entertainment, art, and state-of-the-art technology.

Its dramatic circular shape was in part a result of rigorous zoning requirements.  CallisonRTKL took architectural design inspiration from the time-honored Islamic tradition of navigating by the stars.

Greenroofs.com Project Week 360 Mall Kuwait and Extension

Photo courtesy of ©Mitchell Duncan & Associates Ltd

Greenroofs.com Project Week 360 Mall Kuwait and Extension

Photo courtesy ©Patrick Blanc

In 2009, the first hydroponic Patrick Blanc Vertical Gardens were planted in the main Atrium and Solar Garden, and include four freestanding double-sided vegetated walls.  In 2015 the Food Lounge underwent an extension project and a major feature is the new garden-themed court with a 10-meter high waterfall as a focal point.

Planted in 2017, lush vertical gardens were added including a 29 m-long narrow suspended blade known as the “Fountain Hanging Crown.”  Patrick Blanc selected over 21,500 plants representing over 101 species from around the world.

Greenroofs.com Project Week 360 Mall in Kuwait and Extension

Photography by Yousef Al Nasser, @yousefcam

Visually stunning, the vertical gardens function as a natural biofilter, improving the mall’s air quality.  The plants were chosen for their diverse form, color, and texture to create a soothing and relaxing canvas of a tropical forest.

Greenroofs.com Project Week 360 Mall Kuwait and Extension

Photo by FAJERALFARSI on Khaleejesque

Greenroofs.com Project Week 360 Mall Kuwait and Extension

Photo courtesy of ©Mitchell Duncan & Associates Ltd

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The 360 MALL is a favorite destination for great shopping, food choices, and pleasing plus soothing environment to enjoy the sights, sounds, and scents of a beautiful, green and charming oasis.

In 2015 a massive 360 MALL Extension commenced with a  additional shopping and leisure activities, and the 7,600-seat Sheikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah International Tennis Complex.  The new complex will feature a 350 m-long and 7 m-high indoor circular Vertical Garden by Patrick Blanc, slated to be one of the longest greenwalls ever.

Greenroofs.com Project Week 360 Mall in Kuwait and Extension

Graphics for CallisonRTKL by ©Sport Concepts

Greenroofs.com Project Week 360 Mall Kuwait and Extension

Year: 2009, 2017 & Current
Owner:
Tamdeen Shopping Centers
Location:
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Building Type:
Commercial
Type:
Living Wall
System:
Single Source Provider
Size:
8934 sq.ft. +16,684 sq. ft.
Slope:
100%
Access:
Accessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week 360 Mall Kuwait and Extension

Photo courtesy of ©Mitchell Duncan & Associates Ltd

Greenroofs.com Project Week 360 Mall Kuwait and Extension

Photo courtesy ©Patrick Blanc

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Developer: Tamdeen Group
Architect: CallisonRTKL
Vertical Garden Designer: Patrick Blanc, Le Mur Vegetal
Living Wall System: Dr. Patrick Blanc, Le Mur Vegetal

Greenroofs.com Project Week 360 Mall Kuwait and Extension

Graphic by ©HyattHotel

Greenroofs.com Project Week 360 Mall Kuwait and Extension

Photo courtesy © Mustafa E.K.

All the Info:

View the 360 MALL Vertical Gardens and 360 MALL Extension-Sheikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah International Tennis Complex to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about these particular projects in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project Week 360 Mall Kuwait and Extension

Photo ©mid-east.info

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the 360 Mall Vertical Gardens and 360 Expansion-Sheikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah International Tennis Complex Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 2/12/18 video credits: Photos courtesy of ©Mitchell Duncan & Associates Ltd.; ©Mustafa E.K Photography; ©Patrick Blanc, ©CRKTL, ©Tamdeen Group, and ©Sport Concepts courtesy of Patrick Blanc; and ©mid-east.info.

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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