GPW: The Department Store, Stephen Marr Hair Salon, NZ Greenwall

March 17, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Greenroofs.com  Project of the Week: 3/14/11
The Department Store,
Stephen Marr Hair Salon, NZ Greenwall
Takapuna, New Zealand

Year: 2009
Owner: Stephen Marr Salon
Location: Takapuna, New Zealand
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 231 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project Description & Details

The Department Store is a multi-dimensional fashion, art and beauty experience across three floors and one of the centerpieces of the store is the lush interior greenwall in the Stephen Marr Salon on the top floor. Designed and installed by Natural Habitats Landscapes, it’s New Zealand’s first interior greenwall. It divides the upper level, promoting unique spaces that can be used for presentations such as fashion shows. The building has had skylights installed to ensure the wall is given as much natural light as possible, and the use of supplementary man-made lighting is kept at a minimum.

The living wall is double sided, and stands alone at 10 meters long by 2 meters high, boasting well over 1000 individual plants set in a unique, light, soil-free media. The investment into this original and breathtaking piece of artwork, aside from supporting Marr’s “˜green’ stance, is a powerful branding exercise and demonstrates the incredible environmental benefits a greenwall can have such as increased thermal insulation to buildings, noise dampening, and creating cleaner and better quality air, which means healthier buildings and people.
 
Designers/Manufacturers of Record
 
Greenwall Design & Installation: Natural Habitats Landscapes
Greenwall System:The Greenwall Company Australia
Greenwall Supplier: Natural Habitats Landscapes
 
And so it seems New Zealand is slowly waking up to the advantage of giving buildings a living skin.   For example, the designer of this  living wall, Natural Habitats, has a number of new exciting greenwall projects confirmed for 2011, indicating a changing mind set where the adoption of green technology is concerned.   Some of these include Auckland’s new Britomart East building, which is now home to a 130m2 greenwall; The Novotel Hotel at Auckland Airport (greenwall is set for installation in April, 2011), and New Zealand’s first 6 star green building.   Due for completion in 2012, it will also feature a Natural Habitats   living wall.

Did we miss something?   We’d love to hear from you!  Click here  to see more information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.   See how you can submit yours here.

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

First Greenwall in New Zealand Makes Sustainability Sexy

December 29, 2009 at 11:24 pm

Sexy Hair in a Sexy Green Environment at Marr Salon

Did you see that the Auckland-based  Natural Habitats Landscapes  recently designed and installed NZ’s first commercial interior greenwall?     Sexy, too, imagine getting your hair done with living, clinging, luscious  plants breathing down your neck…

Very cool reality coming from the land of so many fantastical landscapes (sorry, I just couldn’t help the reference to Lord of the Rings, among so many other incredible, breathtaking vistas: natural, man-, Hobbit-made, or  otherwise)!

Bilbo & Frodo Baggins' Hobbit Home in The Shire, Middle Earth,from the Lord of the Rings Movie, 2001.

Pip Patterson, of Natural Habitats Landscapes, tells us that Takapuna is now home to New Zealand’s newest and most innovative venture, The Department Store, providing a multi-dimensional fashion, art and beauty experience across three floors, now featuring a dramatic greenwall.

The Stephen Marr GreenwallCompleted in mid November, 2009, one of the greenest triumphs of the new store –  which is  also a New Zealand first – is the large, vertical, interior garden or “˜Green Wall’ in the Stephen Marr Salon on the top floor.  

Spearheaded by Stephen Marr, Karen Walker and Dan Gosling from Black Box,  the Green Wall was designed by Katie Lockhart and installed by Natural Habitats Landscapes.   The Department Store showcases the very best of fresh, creative New Zealand brands, and has embraced an international level of retail thinking by designing this unique space with emphasis on our environment.

The Green Wall is a natural extension to Stephen Marr’s environmental commitment and is unique in that it is double-sided and measures 10 metres long by 2 metres high, boasting well over 1,000 individual plants.

The Soothing Marr Greenwall

The Green Wall divides the upper level, promoting unique spaces that can be used for presentations such as fashion shows.     The building has had skylights installed to ensure the wall is given as much natural light as possible and the use of supplementary man-made lighting is kept at a minimum.   Although already stunning, the green wall is initially sparse as the plants adjust and dig in to their newly created habitat, full coverage is expected within six months or so.

Note:   We get a lot of press releases claiming to be “firsts” in  many respective fields – and we rely upon readers like you to set the record straight if this is not the case.   Do you know of another green wall in New Zealand that came before this beautiful one?   Let us know!

Taking in the green vertical sights at the Stephen Marr Salon in NZ

In any case, visit  Natural Habitats Landscapes  to learn more.   See the greenwall profile in The Greenroof Projects Database here  – and after many green wall entries to date,  do you think it’s time to adjust the name of this database to perhaps “The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database”?   Stay tuned in the New Year!

Happy Greening! ~ Linda V