Video & Project of the Week for October 20, 2014: Geyser Green Wall

October 22, 2014 at 10:00 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 10/20/14

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Geyser Green Wall
Auckland, New Zealand
323 sf. Greenwall

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Project Description & Details

New Zealand’s first six-star green rated building, the Geyser building takes its inspiration from the country’s thermally active geography and is built on sustainable design principles with a very original blend of horticultural innovation and aesthetics. Designed for Samson Corporation in Auckland’s Parnell, this multi- tenanted, mixed use development is the latest in a series of landmark urban courtyard developments designed by Patterson Associates. Each of the sub-buildings is wrapped in a dynamic, semi-reflective white twin walled facade, which opens and closes in order to moderate the tenants’ thermal environment.

Designed by Natural Habitats and Mark Paul of The Greenwall Company, the two-storied exterior hydroponic green wall is a prominent courtyard feature. Planted with 20 NZ native species including several that are rare and endemic, light loving plants were positioned at the top and cool shade species at the bottom. In total there were 2,086 plants used, many which are not typically used in landscaping, including the rare Jovellana sinclairii. Geyer’s Green Wall has an automated system where irrigation from harvested rain water was built into the modular panels, which have a 25 year structural lifespan. Important factors of the building for Natural Habitats were intelligent design, tenant desirability, quality of construction and minimized maintenance programs. Among others, the Geyser Green Wall recently received the Premier Award for ‘Best Commercial Project’ and ‘Best Special Feature’ at the 2014 NZ Landscapes of Distinction Awards.

Year: 2011
Owner: Samson Corporation
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 323 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Building Architect: Patterson Architects
Greenwall Designer: Natural Habitats and Mark Paul of The Greenwall Company, Australia
Modular Greenwall System: Natural Habitats

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Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Geyser Green Wall Project of the Week Video below or see it on our greenroofs.TV on YouTube:

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~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for July 21, 2014: Britomart East Complex Green Walls

July 24, 2014 at 10:18 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 7/21/14

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Britomart East Complex Green Walls
Auckland, New Zealand
1,292 sf Greenwall

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Project Description & Details

Britomart is a vibrant shopping, entertainment and business precinct in the heart of downtown Auckland. Surrounded by beautiful heritage buildings, the neighbourhood has a wide array of restaurants and bars, world-class fashion boutiques and interesting art spaces. Located on Takutai in the city’s Central Business District, stunning living walls are situated in the atrium of the Britomart East complex. The green walls were an ideal lightweight solution to the question of how to differentiate the complex’s interior aesthetic.

Designed and installed by Natural Habitats, the two three-story high, 120 m2 of green walls line the east and west end walls and integrate seamlessly into the building fabric. The vertical plantings are hydroponically fed on harvested rainwater and the green walls feature a custom designed planting palette chosen for their low light and maintenance requirements. The walls’ 60 custom made panels had to be carefully installed using a building maintenance unit and abseiling equipment. Considered eco-artwork, they are the focal point of the atrium. The building has a New Zealand Green Building Council five-star rating.

Year: 2011
Owner: Cooper & Company
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 1,292 sq.ft.
Grade: 100%
Access:
Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenwall Designer and Director: Graham Cleary, Natural Habitats
Modular Greenwall System: Natural Habitats
Mesh Baskets and Gutter Fabricator: AMW Fabrication

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New!  Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Britomart East Complex Green Walls Project of the Week Video below or see it on our greenroofs.TV on YouTube:

Click here to see the entire profile and learn more information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: August 10, 2012

August 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here is the transcript from August 10, 2012 from our daughter, Anjuli – click on the photo below to see the video, or here.  Enjoy!

– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velázquez and welcome to “This Week in Review” for  on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  Auckland International Airport Novotel Hotel Green Wall built in 2011, in Auckland, New Zealand.  Their website describes the Square Restaurant & Bar, where the green wall is located, as bringing “together exquisite cuisine, fine design and impeccable service with an unmistakably New Zealand sense of hospitality.”  It is open 24 hours a day, and features “a stunning “˜living wall,’ [it is] the perfect place to relax with friends or colleagues.  Enjoy an extensive selection of New Zealand wines and beers, artfully mixed cocktails and gourmet snacks as you soak up the relaxing atmosphere.”

The green wall has an array of native New Zealand flora, including cascading ferns and pan-pacific creepers.  Completed last year, the two-story green wall was designed, built and installed by Natural Habitats, and is nurtured by a hydroponic system.  It improves the indoor air quality by removing air pollutants and raising humidity levels, and it provides visual interest and environmental benefits, creating a more comfortable and relaxing work environment.  The Auckland International Airport’s Novotel Hotel was awarded silver in the Spatial Design category at the 2011 Best Awards.

– To learn more about the Auckland International Airport Novotel Hotel Green Wall,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

–  We’d like to welcome Optigreen International AG, our new advertiser!  They are one of the leading companies in the green roof industry out of Germany.  Look for one of their greenroofs featured as our Project of the Week coming very soon!

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  Skyland USA Has Added Another Product to the Growing Portfolio of rooflite ® Certified Green Roof Media Products: rooflite ® Intensive Ag.

Industry News

–  American Rivers released their latest white paper, “Growing Green: How Green Infrastructure Can Improve Livability and Public Health.”  They explore how green infrastructure practices can mitigate the urban heat island effect and provide a number of other public health benefits.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest post:  “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: August 3, 2012.”

– Guest Bloggers

– And check out Dr. Nigel Dunnett’s guest blog post about the “London Olympic Park: Star of the Show,” along with Dr. Steven Cohan’s guest blog post about the upcoming “Green Roof Research Summit at the University of Maryland on August 16-17, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  August 14th-16th: is the Ag Progress Days, at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, in Rock Springs, Pennsylvania. #agprogress

–  Also August 14th-16th: is the Plantscape Industry Expo 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada. @PIAgrows

–  August 15th-18th: is the Urban Agriculture Summit, in Toronto, Canada. @urbanagsummit

–  August 16th-17th: is the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Green Roof Science and Technology Symposium at the University of Maryland, in College Park, Maryland.

–  And August 16th-18th: is Boston GreenFest 2012, in Boston, Massachusetts. @BosGreenFest

– “In the News“

–  Novia D. Rulistia of the Jakarta Post, says “Vertical gardens take root and flourish in green zone.”  The Indonesia Greenwall office is one of several buildings and houses in Jakarta that utilizes green walls.  Decky Rinawan of Indonesia Greenwall says, “the building itself has become a showroom for what vertical gardening can achieve. It shows everyone who is interested in helping make the city greener what can be done with technology and imagination.”

Last year the building underwent a makeover so it could feature the hanging garden of Harmoni and now features 339 square meters of vertical gardening.

– Ryan Gilbert of the Hartford Courant, talks about “Science Center’s Garden In Full Bloom With Flora And Grasshoppers.”  The Connecticut Science Center opened its rooftop garden in May, and has become a popular attraction for both children and adults alike to enjoy native plants, views of downtown Hartford, the Connecticut River and the nearby countryside.

The 6,316-square-foot rooftop garden has several micro climates including a shade garden, an alpine garden and a children’s sensory garden.  Some of the foliage include: blueberry bushes, strawberry plants, canna lilies, prickly pear cactus, various herbs and milkweeds.  The Science Center is LEED-Gold certified and was recently certified as a monarch butterfly way-station. They are offering free admission to Hartford residents in the month of August.  Check out their website (ctsciencecenter.org) for more information on tickets.

– To learn more about these stories and new ones posted daily, go to our In the News or Newslinks section of our website.

– Send us your green articles, videos and images to editor@greenroofs.com and share your greenroof or greenwall info with the world!

– Make sure to keep up with everything Greenroofs.com by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, being a member of our network on LinkedIn, and subscribing to our greenroofsTV channel on YouTube!

– This has been This Week in Review for   August 10th, 2012  on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velázquez and I’ll see you next week!

*This week’s episode is sponsored by The Greenroof Directory, brought to you by Greenroofs.com.*


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~ Linda V.