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

More

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

Patrick Blanc to Speak at the International Green Roof Congress in Kuwait (17-18 February) by Wolfgang Ansel

February 9, 2018 at 12:06 pm

Patrick Blanc Will Speak International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Urban Oasis Experience – 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

The 5th International Green Roof Congress in Kuwait (17-18th February 2018, Al Shaheed Park) is only a week away.  For the first time this special event will bring together Green Building experts from the Middle East, Europe and the USA for a cross-border exchange of experiences in the field of Green Roofs and Green Walls.

Noted French Botanist Patrick Blanc Added to Distinguished Speakers

Patrick Blanc Will Speak International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Part of the outstanding speaker programme is Patrick Blanc, the inventor of the Mur Végétal or Vertical Garden concept – plant walls, which enable the introduction of biodiversity onto the concrete walls of towns.  Altogether, Patrick has created over 300 Vertical Gardens all over the world including projects in Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Dubai.

Patrick Blanc Will Speak International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

360 Mall in Kuwait City by Patrick Blanc. Image courtesy of ©Mitchell Duncan & Associates Ltd.

Many of Patrick’s works are in conjunction with famous architects like Jean Nouvel, Herzog and de Meuron, Tadao Ando, Andrée Putman, Marc Newson, Francis Soler, and many more.

See the entire outstanding Speaker Programme at www.greenroofworld.com.

Patronage of H.E. Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al Sabah – Minister of Al-Diwan Al-Amiri

Patrick Blanc Will Speak International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

The 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 is under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al Sabah – Minister of Al-Diwan Al-Amiri.  The Amiri Diwan has successfully rehabilitated the Al Shaheed Park with wide green spaces, landscaping and waterfalls, as well as many buildings and multi-purpose facilities and uses – and it’s one of the largest green roofs in the world.

Pioneering Congress in the Persian Gulf

Patrick Blanc Will Speak International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Al Shaheed Park narrates the story of a land, its history, and culture. Image: © Al Hani Construction and Trading Company.

The pioneering congress in Kuwait will have an important impact on the development of the Green Building topic in the Middle East.  More information about the exciting congress programme with excursion, lectures, panel discussion and evening reception can be found at www.greenroofworld.com.

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this unique event.

Register Today at http://www.greenroofworld.com/registration/.

We look forward to seeing you in Kuwait’s new urban oasis – the Al Shaheed Park.  Please don’t hesitate to share this information within your network.Patrick Blanc Will Speak International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

~ Wolfgang Ansel of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA)

Register Today 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Patrick Blanc Will Speak International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Wolfgang Ansel is a biologist and the Director of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA). One of his main areas of work is implementing Green Roof policies and guidelines on an international level. Wolfgang Ansel is co-author of different Green Roof books.

During the last years, he was an invited speaker at congresses in Europe, North America, and Asia. IGRA’s targets include the worldwide promotion of the ecological Green Roof idea, an international knowledge transfer in the field of Green Roofs, and the stimulation of international standards for good practices and reliable Green Roof technology.

Patrick Blanc Will Speak International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Contact Wolfgang Ansel, Director, International Green Roof Association (IGRA):

PO Box 2025
72610 Nuertingen / Germany
Tel.: +49 7022 / 7191980
E-Mail: ansel@igra-world.com
www.greenroofworld.com

Three Weeks to Go – Register Today for the 5th International Green Roof Congress in Kuwait (17th-18th February 2018) by Wolfgang Ansel

January 30, 2018 at 1:00 am

Register Today 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Urban Oasis Experience – 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

The first IGRA Congress in the Persian Gulf region will focus on Nature Based Solutions for Green Buildings in dry climates. Practical Green Roof and Green Wall technology will be presented, discussed and taught along with the latest achievements in standards, science, and municipal strategies.

An International Line-up of Speakers

Greenroofs.com will present the Top 10 Living Architecture Trends in Dry & Sub-Humid Regions. From beautiful vertical gardens in Chile, Bahrain, and Kuwait to desert oases from Denver, Riyadh and Dubai to combining living roofs and walls, energy and other green technologies, Linda Velazquez has selected spectacular and eco-sensitive designs that are succeeding in harsh regions of the world.

Other distinguished Green Roof and Green Wall specialists include, for example, Kai Uwe Bergmann from BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group (Copenhagen, New York, London), Deborah Nevins from Deborah Nevins & Associates (New York), Kyosuk Lee from MVRDV (Rotterdam, Shanghai), Khaled Al Fouzan from the Associated Engineering Partnership (Kuwait), Jamil Corbani from GreenStudios (Beirut, Cairo, Dubai, Los Angeles), Fida Mohammed Alhammadi from Dubai Municipality, Rudi Scheuermann from ARUP (Germany), and Green Roof pioneer Roland Appl, president of the International Green Roof Association, IGRA.

More information about the outstanding Speaker Programme with experts from the Middle East, Europe, and the US can be found at www.greenroofworld.com.

Kuwait City – The Host City

Register Today 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

The Persian Gulf country awaits its visitors with an intriguing mix of western liberalism and traditional Islamic culture. The capital, Kuwait City, is a modern metropolis with high-rise buildings and luxury hotels. Kuwait City has numerous attractions which include excellent museums, a corniche ornamented with combed beaches and extravagant restaurants, modern shopping complexes and marinas, long and lazy retreats, and new beach resorts.

A Very Green Congress Venue

Register Today 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

The congress venue, Al Shaheed Park in Kuwait City (http://alshaheedpark.com) with almost 80,000 m² of Green Roofs, is a prime example of how to meet the challenges of hot and dry climates by using appropriate Green Roof systems.

Join Us in the Desert Oasis Experience

With only three weeks to go, Register Today at http://www.greenroofworld.com/registration/ for the 5th International Green Roof Congress in Kuwait on February 17 – 18, 2018).  Join us for this pioneering event!

We look forward to seeing you in Kuwait.  Please don’t hesitate to share this information within your network of living architecture and green infrastructure colleagues.Register Today 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

~ Wolfgang Ansel of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA)

Register Today 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Wolfgang Ansel is a biologist and the Director of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA). One of his main areas of work is implementing Green Roof policies and guidelines on an international level. Wolfgang Ansel is co-author of different Green Roof books.

During the last years, he was an invited speaker at congresses in Europe, North America, and Asia. IGRA’s targets include the worldwide promotion of the ecological Green Roof idea, an international knowledge transfer in the field of Green Roofs, and the stimulation of international standards for good practices and reliable Green Roof technology.

Register Today 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Contact Wolfgang Ansel, Director, International Green Roof Association (IGRA):

PO Box 2025
72610 Nuertingen / Germany
Tel.: +49 7022 / 7191980
E-Mail: ansel@igra-world.com
www.greenroofworld.com

The Urban Oasis Experience – 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait (17 – 18 February) by Wolfgang Ansel

January 3, 2018 at 2:41 pm

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Urban Oasis Experience – 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

The International Green Roof Association (IGRA) is pleased to announce the 5th edition of their prestigious congress series which will be held for the first time in the Persian Gulf region in 2018. Scheduled for the 17th -18th of February in Kuwait City, this event will focus on the special challenges and benefits of Green Roofs in dry climates.

More than one-third of the world population already lives in dry climates, without considering the global metropolitan areas which often are grappling with the same problems and referred to as “city deserts.” The performance of Green Roofs in these special environments is strongly connected with the availability and scarcity of water and the limited types of plants which are able to tolerate these harsh weather conditions.

Therefore, the water and planting issue is a common thread of the congress presentations and discussions (learn more at www.greenroofworld.com). The congress is kindly supported by the Al Diwan al Amiri of Kuwait.

Congress Venue

The congress venue, Al Shaheed Park in Kuwait City, consists of 310,000 m² of greenery, featuring a modern congress center, beautiful botanical gardens, museums, a miniature of old Kuwait, walkways, jogging tracks, lakes, river landscapes and an amazing musical fountain.

With almost 80,000 m² of Green Roofs, the largest urban park in Kuwait represents at the same time a prime example of how to meet the challenges of hot and dry climate by using appropriate Green Roof systems.

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

The Green Roofs of the congress center in Al Shaheed Park. Copyright: Al Hani Construction and Trading Company.

Congress Speakers

The congress lectures will provide an inspiring mixture of progressive thinkers, new technical developments, and innovative Green Roof applications in architecture, landscape architecture, and climate protection. Practical Green Roof technology will be presented, discussed, and taught along with the latest achievements for Green Buildings, Green Infrastructure, and municipal Green Roof strategies.

Speakers will include, for example, Kai Uwe Bergmann from BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group (Copenhagen, New York, London); Khaled Al Fouzan from The Associated Engineering Partnership (Kuwait); Deborah Nevins from Deborah Nevins & Associates (New York); Fida Mohammed Alhammadi from Dubai Municipality; Kyosuk Lee from MVRDV (Rotterdam, Shanghai); Jamil Corbani from GreenStudios (Beirut, Cairo, Dubai, Los Angeles); and Green Roof pioneer Roland Appl, president of the International Green Roof Association – IGRA.

The bios of the speakers from the Middle East, the US, and Europe are available at the congress website: www.greenroofworld.com.

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Green Wall project in Dubai. Copyright: Green Studios.

Featured Green Roof Architecture

A series of groundbreaking and high-profile projects involving Green Roofs and Living Walls will be presented at the congress.

Al Shaheed Park is the most significant Green Infrastructure project in Kuwait and, at the same time, one of the largest Green Roof projects in the world. During the first construction phase (2013–2015) almost all buildings were fitted with roof greening.

In 2017 the second expansion “Phase II” was opened for the public, thus doubling the total Green Roof area of the park. In total, Al Shaheed Park encompasses 35,000 m² of Green Roofs.

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Al Shaheed Park narrates the story of a land, its history, and culture. Copyright: Al Hani Construction and Trading Company.

The design for the new Google Campus at King’s Cross in London is taking advantage of the contextually defined building envelope while creating continuously cascading work environments that will connect Googlers across multiple floors. By opening up the ground floor and activating the roofscape, the light and airy workspaces are sandwiched between the terraced gardens on the roof and market halls, auditoria, and shops on the ground.

Seoullo 7017, a true plant village, has been created on a former inner city highway in central Seoul. The ever-changing urban area has been transformed into a 983-metre long public park. Fifty families of plants including trees, shrubs and flowers are displayed in 645 tree pots, and a total of approximately 228 species and sub-species have found their home in the park.

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Turning grey into green infrastructure – Seoullo 7017 in South Korea. Copyright: Ossip van Duivenbode.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, includes the National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera, as well as the creation of the 210,000 m² Stavros Niarchos Park.

The “metamorphoses of a topos” has been designed with a sustainable approach, respecting the surrounding ecosystems and the landscape dynamics. The SNFCC includes 25,568 m² of Green Roofs.

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens – a new icon of Green Roof architecture. Copyright: Yiorgis Yerolymbos / SNF.

Join IGRA in Kuwait this February

The congress is for everyone whose profession brings them into contact with Green Roofs and those who wish to learn about the latest technology in this field. This includes architects, installers, landscape architects, planners, representatives of local authorities and environmental agencies, investors, and manufacturers.

Join us for a top-level program focusing on innovative new technologies, stunning architecture, pioneering urban development projects and many opportunities to network with international leaders in the field of Green Roofs.

The first IGRA event in the Persian Gulf region will provide a perfect platform for the launch of a successful Green Roof campaign in this geographical area.

We look forward to seeing you at the 5th International Green Roof Congress in the Al Shaheed Park, Kuwait’s new urban oasis!

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

~ Wolfgang Ansel of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA)

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Wolfgang Ansel is a biologist and the Director of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA). One of his main areas of work is implementing Green Roof policies and guidelines on an international level. Wolfgang Ansel is co-author of different Green Roof books.

During the last years, he was an invited speaker at congresses in Europe, North America, and Asia. IGRA’s targets include the worldwide promotion of the ecological Green Roof idea, an international knowledge transfer in the field of Green Roofs, and the stimulation of international standards for good practices and reliable Green Roof technology.

Contact Wolfgang Ansel, Director, International Green Roof Association (IGRA):

PO Box 2025
72610 Nuertingen / Germany
Tel.: +49 7022 / 7191980
E-Mail: ansel@igra-world.com
www.greenroofworld.com