”™s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: July 15, 2011

July 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here’s the transcript from July 15, 2011 from our daughter, Anjuli –  click on the photo below to see the video, or here.   Enjoy!

–   Hello, I’m Anjuli Velazquez and welcome to This Week in Review for this week, July 15th 2011 on  GreenroofsTV.

–  Project of the Week

–   Our project of the week is Allen & Overy LLP HQ, Bishop Square built in 2005 in London, England, United Kingdom. The new headquarters features a series of green tiers, with roof gardens overlooking the plaza below. The building was commissioned by Allen & Overy to satisfy the needs of a modern international law firm with strong environmental goals in mind. Completed in May of 2005, the area encompasses three landscaped greenroof terraces, and a fourth terrace is covered with photovoltaic cells to capture the sunlight and reduce the building’s energy output. These open green spaces on private terraces provide an area where their staff can relax and also help to reduce urban heating. Installed using a variety of Alumasc‘s specialist substrates, the greenroofs and roof gardens include sedum, cranberry bog, rock garden, heather and lavender. The company is the acknowledged UK market leader in living roofs, a specialist manufacturer of complete systems backed by a technical support service that is second to none. Also utilizing the ZinCo system, this building is just one of an enormous number of major projects throughout the country, offering as it does ecologically beneficial, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sound green roof solutions.

– To learn more about Allen & Overy LLP HQ, Bishops Square,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage.

What’s New“

–   Well, it’s official!   We’ve issued our “ is proud to announce the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011 – Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design!“ press release around the globe and to our 9,600 opt-in eNewsletter subscribers.   You can download it from the Homepage, and see how you can join us as an attendee, sponsor or exhibitor.   And we just launched our Virtual Summit website – just click on the Virtual Summit banner on the’s Homepage or following the link below:

Come here often as we update it with How-To Navigate videos, new Sponsor/Exhibitor company names and of course, the finalized Agenda.  And, Pre-Registration opens on July 20 – Pre-Register and Participate for a chance to win 2 iPad2s!

–   Check out Linda’s latest Sky Gardens Blog posts,’s “TWIR” for July 8th, 2011 and our GPW.

–   “Upcoming Events“

–   July 16th: there is a Green Living Technologies (GLTi) Green Wall Seminar in Ottawa, Canada.

–   July 18th-23rd: is the 2011 Perennial Plant Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia.

–   And make plans now for our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 – Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design conference and expo –  coming up next month, August 23rd & 24th online around the world! Remember, pre-registration opens July 20th!

–   “In the News“

–   Kathy Jentz of the SilverSpringPatch says “Green Roof Keeps United Therapeutics Cool.” Avi Halpert, Vice President of Corporate Real Estate at United Therapeutics called the greenroof their “little oasis” on top of their new headquarters building in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland. Full of flowers, grasses, and lush foliage, the planting beds on the 5th, 6th and 7th floors of the building are full of movement and life. The National Capital Region Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council selected the United Therapeutics building as the recipient of its 2010 Award of Excellence for new Building Design and Construction. The Schick Goldstein Architect designed project was also awarded LEED Gold. The second building in the United Therapeutics headquarters complex is under construction currently, and will also have a green roof system along with other stormwater mitigation projects including a self-contained street tree box system. Across Spring Street, a playground and area is being designed to include a children’s garden for the new employee daycare.

–   Jessica Tasman-Jones of Auckland talks about how “Support grows for city rooftop garden.” She says that “green-fingered Aucklanders are championing a plan to turn part of an inner-city carpark into a community garden” and the plans are “rapidly gaining support.” According to the Karangahape Garden Facebook page which was set up last week to see what the public interest is like for creating a garden on the upper deck of the carpark, it now has over 1,000 fans. Residents believe Auckland has poor urban planning, especially for residential housing, and people are yearning for a connection to nature that the city is lacking. A community meeting will be held in a few weeks to discuss this “green” idea and you can find the Karangahape Garden Facebook page to be a part of this movement.

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

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–  This has been This Week in Review for July 15th, 2011 on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velazquez and I’ll see you next week!

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

Did we miss something?   We’d love to hear from you!

~ Linda V.

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

March 17, 2011 at 5:55 pm  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