Project of the Week for September 5, 2016: Santalaia

September 5, 2016 at 11:46 pm

Project of the Week Santalaia Bogota Colombia Project of the Week: 9/05/16


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.

Project of the Week Santalaia Bogota Colombia

Santalaia. Photo Courtesy of ©Daniel Segura Fotografía:

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:

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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:

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Project of the Week Santalaia Bogota Colombia

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Video & Project of the Week for September 14, 2015: La Calahorra Green Wall

September 15, 2015 at 12:30 pm Project of the Week: 9/14/15


La Calahorra Green Wall
Elche, Spain
1,076 sf. Greenwall


Project Description & Details

The Calahorra Tower, or Torre de la Calahorra, is a rectangular Almohad style fortification, built between the late twelfth and early thirteenth century. Part of the ancient wall that surrounded the medieval village of Elche, it defended the entrance to the regional area of Alicante and previously served as the governmental seat. Located at the back of the tower is the square of Santa Isabel, and despite its excellent location, the small urban area previously held no defined use. To revive the zone, architect Antonio Maciá designed a project which combined a cafeteria, to serve as a destination and a reason to visit, and a vertical garden, to increase its attractiveness and bring many benefits to the city.

Situated on the party or flank wall adjacent to La Calahorra, both the design and the installation of the vertical garden were carried out by Paisajismo Urbano, using their own patented system. Adding to the challenge of combining a coffee shop within a vertical garden was the complexity inherent with a historic building. A metal structure had to be constructed for the vertical garden for plant support which includes automated drip irrigation. More than 3,000 plants belonging to 15 species of 5 different families were used, mostly endemic to the Mediterranean region. It is estimated that the green wall will produce about 90 tons of oxygen and retain about 10 kilos of metals from the atmosphere annually. After finishing the building process, the “vertical garden cafe” has become a new landmark for citizens, and its location has evolved from being a deserted area to having a continuous flow of pedestrians who can now enjoy a drink while watching a little piece of jungle in the city.

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Year: 2014
Owner: Private
Location: Elche, Spain
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 1,076 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Antonio Maciá
Greenwall System: Paisajismo Urbano
Greenwall Design: Ignacio Solano, Paisajismo Urbano
Installation & Maintenance: Paisajismo Urbano


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Watch “A Tale of Two Hydroponic Living Wall Systems from Canada and Spain” by Dr. Alan Darlington and Nacho Solano from Our Virtual Summit 2013

February 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm

In anticipation of‘s spectacular 2015 Virtual Summit on April 6 through May 31 – and in order to familiarize you with the event – we are now making the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 videos publicly available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube to all free of charge.

Today we have the pleasure to air “A Tale of Two Hydroponic Living Wall Systems from Canada and Spain” by Dr. Alan Darlington of NEDLAW Living Walls and Ignacio (Nacho) Solano of Paisajismo Urbano.


Alan Darlington will present “Indoor Air Biofilters.” The indoor air biofilter is an interior plantscape that can effectively remove common indoor contaminants and improves the living environment. It represents the hybridization of science, art and engineering to deal with real problems of indoor air quality in an aesthetic and sustainable manner. The NEDLAW Living Wall™ is the result of close to 20 years of university research. At first glance, the biofilter appears as a vertical hydroponic green wall containing a wide range of foliage plants specifically selected for each site.

However, the plant wall is actually an integrated part of the air handling system for the building. Air is actively forced through the wall of plants and highly specialized biological components actively degrade pollutants such formaldehyde and benzene in the air into their benign constituents of water and carbon dioxide. The clean air is then distributed throughout the building, greatly improving the building performance. This presentation will outline the science and engineering behind the biofilters and their impact on the indoor space as well as issues related to design and integration into the built environment.


Nacho Solano will share the history of Paisajismo Urbano in Spanish with English subtitles and how the love of plants has been transformed into one of the leading companies in our sector worldwide. Over 14 years of work have resulted in the seamless integration between urban spaces and nature, received due to a combination of biology, botany, engineering, design and a patented formula which combines fungi and bacteria, ensuring complete success on site. Come and discover his interviews with rare footage and follow this firm which is synonymous with experience and expertise in the world of advanced vertical gardening.

Nacho Solano hablará sobre Paisajismo Urbano. Conoceremos mejor la historia de Paisajismo Urbano y de como el amor por las plantas ha conseguido transformarse en una de las empresas referencia del sector a nivel mundial. Mas de 14 años de trabajo han dado como resultado la integración perfecta entre espacios urbanos y naturaleza conseguida gracias a una combinación de biología, botánica, ingeniería, diseño y una formula patentada que combina hongos y bacterias asegurando un éxito total en las instalaciones. Entra y descubre entrevistas, material inedito y como formar parte de esta empresa, sinónimo de experiencia y profesionalidad en el mundo de la jardinería vertical avanzada.

Here’s more:

NachoSolanoandAlanDarlingtonS. Breslau, Canada. Dr. Alan Darlington is Principal of NEDLAW Living Walls. Alan was awarded his PhD investigating the interaction between plants and their physical environment from the University of Guelph. Alan has received a number of awards for academic and entrepreneurial accomplishments and is the ‘inventor’ of a number of patents integral to the application of plant based biofilters to the indoor space which has been his area of interest since 1994. Since 2004, his companies have installed close to 200 biofilters across North America. In 2005, he was named by Outdoor Magazine as one of the 25 top true believers in the environmental movement for his work with plant biofilters.

Alan is also part of the “Environmental Healing through Phytoremediation – Chapter 1” Panel Session, to be shown at a later date.

Alicante, Spain. Ignacio (Nacho) Solano is a biologist and the founder of Paisajismo Urbano. Based in Spain, Paisajismo Urbano creates vertical ecosystems. Nacho has traveled extensively for botanical research to various forest and jungle environments around the globe. His company has installed over 2,500 m2 of vertical gardens using his patented system throughout Europe and the Americas.

Ignacio Solano Cabello (España, 1976,) es biólogo y fundador de la empresa de creación de ecosistemas verticales Paisajismo Urbano. Ha realizado númerosos viajes de investigación botánica alrededor de diferentes bosques y selvas de todo el mundo y cuenta con más de 2.500 m2 de jardines verticales con patente propia repartidos por Europa y América. ~ VS2013   

Watch “A Tale of Two Hydroponic Living Wall Systems from Canada and Spain” by Dr. Alan Darlington and Ignacio (Nacho) Solano below or see it specifically on its own channel, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013:

Our second foray in the world of virtual conferences, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, was very successful at bringing together people from around the world to learn, discuss, and network in our field of living architecture.  This time partnering with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), between and WGIN we produced 36 videos involving 59 esteemed international speakers, specifically: 22 Individual Presenters, including 5 Keynotes; 5 Panel Sessions; and 9 Collaborative Presentations.

Watch these other VS2013 videos released so far:

12 Reasons to Invest in Green Roofs Keynote Video by Steven Peck.

Coastal Green Roof Design and Native Plants Video by Kevin Songer.

La Agricultura Urbana en Iberoamérica y España – Urban Agriculture in Ibero-America and Spain Panel Session with Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán- Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, Tanya Müller García, Dr. Gilberto Navas, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer.

Development of Different Types of Green Roofs & Green Walls for Improved Urban Biodiversity and Green Clime Adaptation in Cold Climates Video by Dr. Tobias Emilsson.

Naturación Urbana en España – Urban Greening in Spain Collaborative Video by Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán-Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer.

Relaunch – Hamburg’s New Green Roof Strategy Video by Wolfgang Ansel.

Introduction to Integrated Water Management Video by Jeff Bruce.

Award Winning Designers Sharing Projects & Lessons Learned Collaborative Video with Michael Franco, Brendan Shea, Emily Shelton, and Keith Tufts.

Green Infrastructure Design and the Biophilic Effect Keynote Video by Mary Ann Uhlmann.

Vegetation Development on Extensive Green Roofs Over Time Video by Christine Thuring.

Investigación de Azoteas Verdes de la Universidad Autónoma Chapingo – Green Roof Research at the Chapingo Autonomous University Video by Dr. Gilberto Navas.

Sky Parks in the Public Realm – Elevating Green Ways and Urban Connectivity Panel Session with Dr. Maureen Connelly, Sadhu Aufochs Johnston, Randy Sharp, and Dr. Tan Puay Yok.

Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production Collaborative Video with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin.

Building-Integrated Vegetation: Redefining the Landscape or Chasing a Mirage? Opening Keynote Video by Aditya Ranade.

Mexico City’s Green Plan & Green Roofs – Areas Verdes de la Ciudad de Mexico & Azoteas Naturadas Video by Tanya Müller García.

The Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort Video by Jaron Lubin.

Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement Video by Marc Grañén.

Profiles of Women Business Leaders Greening the Way Collaborative Video with Barbara Deutsch; Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells; Vanessa Keitges; and Joy Schmidt.

Green Walls and Maintenance – Needs, Opportunities and Best Practices Panel Session Video with Melissa Daniels, Christopher Lyon, Steven Peck, and James Sable.

Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner and Visions of the Future Keynote Video by Dusty Gedge.

Urban Green in Australia Video by Matt Dillon.

2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + A Look into 2013 Collaborative Video with Linda S. Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

We hope you will join us in watching all of these as we present them!

Happy watching,

~ Linda V.

Also see these videos below in various languages on our exclusive Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 greenroofs.TV playlist:

Virtual Summit 2013 Highlights Video

Virtual Summit 2013 Trailer

VS2013 Linda Velazquez Promo

VS2013 Steven Peck Promo

VS2013 Julian Briz Promo – Spanish

VS2013 Matt Dillon Promo

VS2013 Manfred Koehler Promo – German

VS2013 Francois Lassalle Promo – French

VS2013 Eun-Heui Lee Promo – Korean

VS2013 Dorthe Romo Promo

VS2013 Wang Xianmin Promo – Mandarin Chinese

VS2013 Tanya Mueller Promo – Spanish

Greenwall Project of the Week for April 22, 2013: Scala Shopping

April 24, 2013 at 10:29 pm  Project of the Week: 4/22/13

Scala Shopping
Quito, Ecuador

10,764 sf. Greenwalls

Scala Shopping; Photo Courtesy of Paisajismo Urbano ©

Project Description & Details

Located on approximately 4 hectares encompassing 160 commercial establishments and providing 2,000+ parking spaces, Scala Shopping is a new three-story upscale retail center in Quito, Ecuador. The city and developer sought a modern shopping destination where it was possible to have fun in a safe and secure setting, and generate employment and sound economic development.

A series of 9 hydroponic living walls totaling 1,000 m2 was installed from the Spanish firm Paisajismo Urbano. The developers felt that adding vertical gardens would promote the union of man and nature, inviting clients to take care of nature and help mitigate the shopping mall’s considerable carbon footprint. Approximately 30,000 plants of 90 different species were used – 60 of them native to the area. It is estimated that per year the vegetation on the facades of Scala Shopping will produce oxygen for 1,000 people and that all together the vertical ecosystems can capture about 300 tons of harmful greenhouse gases.

Year: 2012
Owner: Grupo Promotor Inmodiamante S.A.
Location: Quito, Ecuador
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 10,764 sq. ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Scala Shopping; Photo Courtesy of Paisajismo Urbano ©

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Botanist & Designer: Ignacio Solano, Paisajismo Urbano
Living Wall System: Paisajismo Urbano ©
Paisajismo Urbano © Supplier/Distributor: Greenstar
Installation: Paisajismo Urbano and Greenstar
Maintenance: Greenstar

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