Project of the Week for September 5, 2016: Santalaia

September 5, 2016 at 11:46 pm

Project of the Week Santalaia Bogota Colombia

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Santalaia
Bogotá, Colombia
33,551 sf. Greenwall

Project of the Week Description & Details

The Santalaia is a high end multi-family residential building in the Colombian capital of Bogotá with a wonderful view over the eastern hills. In 2013 architects Exacta Proyecto Total approached Groncol, a vertical garden and greenroof design/build firm, with the idea of having the building entirely covered with plants. Due to Groncol’s experience using Paisajismo Urbano’s f+p hydroponic system, they were hired to design and construct one of the world’s largest vertical gardens at about 33,550 square feet. Completed in December 2015, the project took a total of eight months of planning and eight months of construction to build the green wall 9 stories above ground and 2 stories underground.

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Santalaia. Photo Courtesy of ©Daniel Segura Fotografía: danielsegurafotografia.co

The architect’s intent was to produce a uniform green tone and plant volume, and naturalized plants in the massive f+p green wall include Hebe Mini, asparagus fern, rosemary, vincas, and spathiphyllum, among others – in total about 115,000 plants. Designing irrigation, water recycling systems, and plant selection were some of the biggest challenges. The vertical garden was constructed over a large metallic structure designed specifically for the project. Forty-two irrigation stations are used for the living wall which uses water from the apartments’ showers for irrigation. The plant coverage helps reduce the urban heat island effect and Groncol says 115,000 plants equal a carbon footprint compensation for 700 people; 3,000 square meters of vegetation provide oxygen for 3,000 people; and the very large green wall offers the equivalent of air cleansing for the PMM emissions of 745 cars. The end result is the highly successful establishment of one of the most beautiful and largest Vertical Gardens in the world. The lush Santalaia green wall is a reminder that we should not live only in a concrete covered city, we should be constantly relating with nature instead.

Project of the Week Santalaia Bogota Colombia

Santalaia. Photo Courtesy of ©Daniel Segura Fotografía: danielsegurafotografia.co

Publisher’s Note: Read my blog post Come to Bogota for the 2016 WGIC which will be held in the beautiful and green capital city of Colombia on October 19 – 21, 2016.  And don’t miss out on the last Early Bird Discount for registration which ends on September 22!

Project of the Week Santalaia Bogota Colombia

Year: 2015
Owner: Private
Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Building Type: Multi-Family Residential
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 33,551 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Private

Project of the Week Santalaia Bogota Colombia

Project of the Week Santalaia Bogota Colombia

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Building Architect: Exacta Proyecto Total
Building Construction Company: Exacta Proyecto Total
Vertical Garden Design and Implementation: Groncol
Vertical Garden Technology/System: f+p system (Sistema f+p), Paisajismo Urbano

Project of the Week Santalaia Bogota Colombia

Project of the Week Santalaia Bogota Colombia

Santalaia. Photo Courtesy of ©Daniel Segura Fotografía: danielsegurafotografia.co.

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Project of the Week Santalaia Bogota Colombia

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Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Video: “The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta

June 16, 2016 at 2:32 pm

Are you are aware of the many successful projects in Latin America driving the green construction industry in this ever growing part of our world? Learn what’s going on in Colombia and more in “The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” video by Pablo Atuesta from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design above or on our VS2015 Virtual Summit 2015 playlist on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

It’s been a year since we concluded our third Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit, and as promised, we are now releasing the 23 videos from our 30+ international speakers to the general public.

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Latin America has quickly become a hot spot for sustainable design with many examples of living roofs and walls through Central and South America and the Caribbean. LEED is a big driver in Colombia accounting for 11% of construction licenses looking for certification and the Colombian Green Building Council is a large influencer.

Are you planning to attend the World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) 2016 in Bogota this October? We’ll be there and are sure it will be awesome!  Learn all about it at their website: http://www.wgicbogota2016.com/ and watch the 2-minute promo video for the WGIC in 2016 at the end of Pablo’s video.

Pablo Atuesta

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Revolutionary Vegetated Projects in Latin America

Bogota, Colombia. Over the past five years Pablo Atuesta Pradilla has dedicated himself to the promotion and building of revolutionary green roofs and green wall projects through his company, Groncol in Colombia, South America. As General Manager and a business administrator with a strong focus towards entrepreneurship and innovative projects, he has merged all of his passions in creating a startup that has a highly innovative product that can produce a positive impact within the environment and society. The company has been recognized by Endeavor, one of the most important entrepreneur organizations in the world, as a local high impact and high potential company due to the potential in job creation and the generation of environmental and social benefits.

As a company, Groncol has built over 180 projects and more than 150,000 square meters of vegetated infrastructure. Among the most important projects is a 92-meter high green wall and they are in the process of building one of the largest green walls in the world (over 3,200 square meters). Groncol – “GRØN” means green in Danish and “Col” stands for Colombia – represents the dream partners Pablo Atuesta, Juan Rebolledo, Mario España and Nicolás Borda have for a green Colombia and a green world. Groncol is the leader in the design, construction and installation of green rooftops and walls in the Colombian market and one of the largest players in Latin America (even though it only operates in Colombia). Groncol is a leader by example. By managing to build all of these projects it has inspired construction companies, government, and top companies in Colombia to get involved in vegetated infrastructure. All of the vertical gardens have been built by Groncol with the Spanish firm Paisajismo Urbano’s technology. They have focused on developing the local market by being an example for the industry as well as building the foundations for the future growth of vegetated infrastructure. They have created new suppliers like Metroverde and actively supported the growth of the vegetated infrastructure guild Recive.

Read about “The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

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We welcome your input and suggestions to make our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2017 more accessible, interactive, and a just better all around global social media experience!

~ Happy watching,

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

~ Also enjoy these released videos available now from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design:

“Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings Panel Session with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.”

A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing by Elizabeth Hart.

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy! Dr. Ken Yeang Keynote Interview by Linda Velazquez.”

The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015″ by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

Greenroofs.com’s VS2015 Opening Address from Linda Velazquez.”

Promos:

The Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Speakers.

Invitation to the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.

VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2015 teaser from Groncol.

Small Scale Green Roofs at the Virtual Summit by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

Now Playing at the Virtual Summit 2015: “The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta

May 15, 2015 at 10:00 am

In celebration of honoring Earth Day 2015 and our planet’s ecology through healthy, regenerative design, we are highlighting each of the 23 awesome videos from our 30+ spectacular speakers from Greenroofs.com‘s Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, running through May 31st.

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Our hope is that by familiarizing you more with each presentation and its particular benefits, you will be enticed to join us during our wonderfully easy-to-navigate online Virtual Summit!  And, along with the speakers’ input, I will identify 5 Key Learning Objectives or “takeaway” bullet points that each video presentation provides to participants.

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Today we are spotlighting the individual video “The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta of Groncol, a Colombian company with over 180 projects and more than 150,000 square meters of vegetated infrastructure.

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We met Pablo in 2013 at the World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) 2014 in Nantes, France where he spoke to us with such enthusiasm about the greening of Colombia and his country’s future potential as an up and coming leader within Latin America.

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Latin America has quickly become a hot spot for sustainable design with many examples of living roofs and walls through Central and South America and the Caribbean.  Pablo will show us some extraordinary projects in his Colombia, a country of 45 million people.

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Bogota, Colombia. “Over the past five years Pablo Atuesta Pradilla has dedicated himself to the promotion and building of revolutionary green roofs and green wall projects through his company, Groncol in Colombia. As General Manager and a business administrator with a strong focus towards entrepreneurship and innovative projects, he has merged all of his passions in creating a startup that has a highly innovative product that can produce a positive impact within the environment and society. The company has been recognized by Endeavor, one of the most important entrepreneur organizations in the world, as a local high impact and high potential company due to the potential in job creation and the generation of environmental and social benefits.

As a company, Groncol has built over 180 projects and more than 150,000 square meters of vegetated infrastructure. Among the most important projects is a 92-meter high green wall and they are in the process of building one of the largest green walls in the world (over 3,200 square meters). Groncol – “GRØN” means green in Danish and “Col” stands for Colombia – represents the dream the partners have for a green Colombia and a green world. Groncol is the leader in the design, construction and installation of green rooftops and walls in the Colombian market and one of the largest players in Latin America.” ~ Read his complete bio here from the VS2015.

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You will benefit from these 5 Key Learning Objectives as Pablo Atuesta shares on the subject:

1) Pablo says fell in love with regenerating the environment and that we have the power within the industry to change the world.  Greenroofs made sense addressing the triple bottom line of a company: environmental, social, and economic benefits; lots of research and development to reach the level of products they have plus partnered with the Spanish firm Paisajismo Urbano’s technology;

2) Latin American growth is disorganized, informal, with health problems such as kids dying due to air pollution – not enough trees.  Learn about their developments within the last five years and future goals – Colombia wants to get to 13,000,000 m2 of planted roofs and walls like Germany;

3) LEED is a big driver here accounting for 11% of construction licenses looking for certification and the Colombian Green Building Council is a large influencer;

4) See numerous examples of gorgeous projects including vegetated roofs and walls for several private residences, corporate headquarters, shopping malls, hotels, schools, and medical facilities/healthcare companies in Bogota, Medellin, and Armenia, among other cities.  In particular these standouts highlight the Colombian efforts: the massive greenroofed Connecta complex, the 92-meter high Edificio Green greenwall, the Los Andes University greenwall which became an icon in the city of Bogota, and the current Santalaia in Bogota which will have 2,800 m2 of greenwalls (2nd largest in the world) with a complex irrigation system – the smart building has a water treatment plant to reuse 100% of water;

5) Groncol and industry partners have developed and actively supported the growth of the Colombian vegetated infrastructure guild Recive and created new suppliers like Metroverde, a nursery, with local companies.  As a result, the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2016 will be held in Bogota; watch the 2-minute promo video for the WGIC in 2016.

Watch the 38:20 “The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta now  playing at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.  If you have not yet registered (only $49 or 25), please do:

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Registration Open through May 31st for the Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2015

We hope you will support our work!  Please remember that these video presentations will not be made public for at least one year.

Happy watching and participating,

~ Linda V.

Learn more about these awesome video presentations and their 5 Key Learning Objectives at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015:

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!” by Dr. Ken Yeang.

“Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” by Dr. Stephan Brenneisen.

Green Roofs to New Cities” by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing” by Elizabeth Hart.

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings” Panel with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

“Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul.

“Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary.

“Pollinators on the Parapets” by Angie Durhman.

“Small Scale Green Roofs” by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

“Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, and George Irwin.

“Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 2 with Patrick Carey and Darius Jones.

“Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” Inspiration Nook Video by Christine Thuring.

“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.