Video & Project of the Week for February 23, 2015: 23-Story Atrium Living Wall

February 24, 2015 at 12:00 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 2/23/15

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23-Story Atrium Living Wall
New York, NY, USA
1,920 sf. Greenwall

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Project Description & Details

One block from the Freedom Tower in downtown Manhattan, the private client was beginning an extensive renovation of their commercial office space including a complete overhaul of their 23-story atrium lobby. Though impressive, the space was very stark and cold and they wanted to make the space more welcoming to visitors and building occupants. Gensler, the architecture firm designing the renovation, suggested literally “enlivening” the space with a large-scale living wall to provide a focal point of living artwork as the backdrop to a public seating and gathering area and the front security desk. Plant Connection installed a 32′ tall by 60′ wide interior G-O2 green wall – NYC’s largest to date (as of 2012).

The existing wall of the atrium consisted of recessed and louvered cutouts, making it problematic for attaching the living wall components. The architects devised a solution of building a freestanding wall in front of the actual atrium wall. Plant Connection’s green wall designer, Sabrina Buttitta, designed an organic tapestry of plants to balance the magnitude of the 23-story corporate atrium. The 1,920 SF living wall is home to 11,673 plants, and the plant palette was carefully chosen to meet several goals. The plants had to have similar lighting, watering, and fertilization requirements. They also needed to have enough contrast in color and texture to create the “Living Tapestry” design for the living mural. Because of its size, this living wall is comprised of 12 distinct irrigation zones with an irrigation clock, which allows for individual programming of each zone separately. In 2013, the 23-Story Atrium Living Wall project won two awards from the Plantscape Industry Alliance, the Award of Excellence and the Judge’s Choice Award for top overall project.

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Year: 2012
Owner: Private
Location: New York, NY, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 1,920 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Manufacturer & Grower: Plant Connection, Inc.
Green Wall System: G-O2 Living Walls, Plant Connection, Inc.
Planting Design: Sabrina Buttitta, BSLA, Plant Connection, Inc.
Architect: Gensler
Installation: Sponzilli Landscape Group
Maintenance: Parker Plants

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Video & Project of the Week for August 18, 2014: Treehouse Masters Temple Residence

August 22, 2014 at 10:22 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 8/18/14

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Treehouse Masters Temple Residence
Pleasant Mount, PA, USA
117 sf. Greenwall

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Project Description & Details

Treehouse Masters on Animal Planet is a show where host Pete Nelson designs treehouses for those with a passion to reconnect with nature. When they decided that a living wall would be a great addition for an upcoming adventure-themed jungle treehouse for the Temple Residence located in the Poconos, they researched living wall companies and selected Plant Connection and their G-O2 system. The main purpose of the living wall was to add design, beauty, and uniqueness to the house.

The living wall designer, Sabrina Buttitta of Plant Connection, hand-selected the plant palette to not only be bold with texture, but also still harmonize with its setting. Drawing on inspiration from the surrounding landscape and the adventure/jungle theme, the shape of a gnarly tree was sculpted out. The trunk/branches are Coral Bells, the “canopy” is Autumn Fern with some Japanese Forest Grass, and Ivy was planted along the bottom to represent the undulating landscape, with a horizon line of Spurge to symbolize the creek below. The access was definitely unique as materials were brought across a ravine and Plant Connection used a pump jack, basically a narrow platform, that had to be pumped up and down on stations using their feet to move along the wall. The producers wanted Pete to be hands-on and was included in all aspects of the installation, from hanging the mounting brackets to hanging the actual panels and installing the irrigation.

Watch the 2014 season premiere episode Temple of Adventure and the living wall reveal at A Treehouse Full of Adventure is Revealed on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel.

Year: 2013
Owner: Temple Family
Location: Pleasant Mount, PA, USA
Building Type: Single-Family Residential
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 117 sq. ft.
Grade: 100%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Manufacturer & Grower: Plant Connection, Inc.
Green Wall System: G-O2 Living Walls
Planting Design: Sabrina Buttitta, BSLA, Plant Connection, Inc.
Installation: Plant Connection, Inc.

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