Project of the Week for March 14, 2016: Caixa Forum Museum Vertical Garden

March 14, 2016 at 8:01 am

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/14/16

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Caixa Forum Museum Vertical Garden
Madrid, Spain
6,458 sf. Greenwall

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Project of the Week Description & Details

Situated in the heart of the Madrid’s cultural district, the Caixa Forum Museum is a modern art gallery and a refurbished 1899 power station. Located on the Avenida Prado across from the Prado Museum and botanical gardens, and in close proximity to the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums, exhibitions feature works from the foundation’s permanent collection (some 700 pieces by artists from the 1980s to the present), as well as temporary displays from other museums and foundations.

Designed and created by Patrick Blanc, the Le Mur Végétal hydroponic living wall faces the adjacent square and is accessible to the public who can walk up to touch and explore over 15,000 plantings. Nearly 300 different species were chosen by Patrick Blanc who had to keep in mind Madrid’s very demanding seasons – very hot in the summer and cold in the winter. The automated irrigation and fertilization system is zoned at different heights. Species include Dianthus deltoids, Lonicera nitida, Yucca filamentosa, Cistus purpureus, Cedrus deodara, Pilosella aurantiaca, Arenaria montana, Bergenia cordifolia, Cornus sanguinea, Lonicera pileata, Sedum alpestre, Campanula takesimana, Garrya elliptica, and different Begonias.

Year: 2007
Owner: Caixa Foundation
Location: Madrid, Spain
Building Type: Museum
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 6,458 sq.ft.
Grade: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Herzog & de Meuron
Greenwall Designer & Installation: Patrick Blanc
Greenwall System: Le Mur Végétal
General Contractor: Ferrovial Agroman
Greenwall Consultant: Benavides & Lapèrche
Irrigation Installation & Maintenance: Isla Verde

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~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
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Video & Project of the Week for September 14, 2015: La Calahorra Green Wall

September 15, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 9/14/15

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

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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.

Find more photos and additional information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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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

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Antonio Maciá
Greenwall System: Paisajismo Urbano
Greenwall Design: Ignacio Solano, Paisajismo Urbano
Installation & Maintenance: Paisajismo Urbano
Lighting: Tecnoluz.com

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Now Playing at the Virtual Summit 2015: “Urban and Social Needs of Green” Inspiration Nook Video by Marc Grañén

May 20, 2015 at 3:19 pm

In celebration of honoring Earth Day 2015 and our planet’s ecology through healthy, regenerative design, we are highlighting each of the 23 awesome videos from our 30+ spectacular speakers from Greenroofs.com‘s Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, running through May 31st.

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Our hope is that by familiarizing you more with each presentation and its particular benefits, you will be enticed to join us during our wonderfully easy-to-navigate online Virtual Summit!  And, along with the speakers’ input, I will identify 5 Key Learning Objectives or “takeaway” bullet points that each video presentation provides to participants.

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Today we are spotlighting the individual “Urban and Social Needs of Green” Inspiration Nook Video by the thoughtful Catalan, Marc Grañén, a Spanish landscape artist who has been constructing and developing greenroofs – even on vehicles – and greenwalls within northeastern Spain for several years.  He has a gift for merging landscape art within the human environment.  By the way, look for an upcoming article from him about his work with schools.

At the Virtual Summit 2013 he graced us with his beautiful, almost poetic, video “Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement,” which you can see here – it’s actually one of my top all time Virtual Summit favorites.

VS2015-MarcGranen1We finally met Marc later that year in Nantes, France at the World Green Roof Congress 2013.  He is the real deal – a simply beautiful person with an open, caring heart with a philosophy to match.

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Marc wanted to participate again this time around, but didn’t have the time to create a traditional video, so he opted for a short Inspiration Nook video.  As you may know already, even if you are not presenting at the Virtual Summit, as an attendee you can submit your 3 minute (non-overtly commercial) video of research, ideas, projects, poster boards, thought leadership, etc., which were followed by your own live Discussion Chat.

This series is focused around sparking conversation, ideas, dialogue and connections around a specific greenroof/wall-related topic – a mosaic of bright ideas for a greener world.

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As usual, Marc created a unique and endearing video – this time with only with awesome photos and music!

He says “Yes, we have a serious problem, as we haven’t understood what sustainability means.  Fortunately, there are more and more of us, who day by day, are working hard to solve this.  The path is long and hard, but full of shades.  As a landscape artist I always try to capture Nature at what it does best: exist.  And this happens because Nature itself is sustainable, otherwise it would have never existed.”

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His short upbeat Inspiration Nook video is about edible greenwalls at schools within the Barcelona area – and the kids, whom he says have become our best hope in a close future.  What a fun way to get across his idea and philosophy!

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Bescanó, Spain. Marc Grañén says, “My artistic point of view of life and my intense love of natural landscapes make the perfect combination for what has become my daily occupation. I am a landscape artist. Nature is my inspiration and my family, my best teacher. We live in Bescanó, our small hometown in the northeast of Spain.

I’ve created artworks in China, Spain and Russia, and been a speaker in several conferences in the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, China, France… with interviews in media of all continents. I created PhytoKinetic, the first and unique worldwide patented system to make greenroofs on top of vehicles. I have created many private greenroof and greenwall projects, and more than a dozen educative edible greenwalls in Barcelona public schools.” ~ Read his complete bio here from the VS2015.

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You will benefit from these 5 Key Learning Objectives as Marc Grañén shares visually on the subject:

1) His influences and early projects;

2) Construction through the various stages of setting up a greenwall system on multiple schools; 

3) Symbiotic master classes where he teaches and informs young through teenage school children “It’s a kind of magic…to feel the soil under your nails…”;

4) Discovering urban biodiversity: Experience the joy of discovery on the children’s faces when they touch, plant the different herbs, succulents, and vegetables plus find animals like frogs, earthworms, and birds;

5) Celebrating life: He wants children to experience science and sustainability through education with green, living plants.

Watch the 3:35 “Urban and Social Needs of Green” Inspiration Nook Video by Marc Grañén now playing at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.  If you have not yet registered (only $49 or 25), please do:

Registration fee:

$49 – special discounted pricing;

$25 for students/faculty and government professionals

All Video Presentations, Q & A Transcripts, & Exhibitor Booths are On Demand +
Networking Live 24/7 through May 31, 2015

Earn CEUs including 10 GRP CEUs.  Register here.

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Registration Open through May 31st for the Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2015

We hope you will support our work!  Please remember that these video presentations will not be made public for at least one year.

Happy watching and participating,

~ Linda V.

Learn more about these awesome video presentations and their 5 Key Learning Objectives at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015:

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!” by Dr. Ken Yeang.

“Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” by Dr. Stephan Brenneisen.

Green Roofs to New Cities” by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing” by Elizabeth Hart.

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings” Panel with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

“Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul.

“Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary.

“Pollinators on the Parapets” by Angie Durhman.

“Small Scale Green Roofs” by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

“Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, and George Irwin.

“Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 2 with Patrick Carey and Darius Jones.

“Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” Inspiration Nook Video by Christine Thuring.

“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.

“The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta.

“The Great Green Roof Review: Success & Succession” by Jenny Hill and Terry McGlade.

Only Two Weeks Left for the Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2015! See the “Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015” by Haven Kiers & Linda Velazquez Now.

“Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin

Video & Project of the Week for March 9, 2015: Europa Congress Palace Convention Center (Palacio de Congresos)

March 10, 2015 at 10:00 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/09/15

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Europa Congress Palace Convention Center Greenwall –
Palacio de Congresos
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
16,060 sf. Greenwall

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Project Description & Details

Designated the 2012 European Green Capital because of its biodiversity and integration of greenspace into its urban fabric, Vitoria-Gasteiz is the capital city of the Basque Autonomous Community and of the province of Álava in northern Spain. Located in Vitoria-Gasteiz, the Europa Congress and Exhibition Hall is a multi-purpose venue for fairs and conferences. In an effort to bring Álava’s ecosystems to the center of the city, in 2013 a large greenwall was designed and installed on three sides of the building by Urbanarbolismo and SingularGreen in association with Urbaser and Zikotz.

Another primary motive for the beautiful and distinctive Palacio de Congresos living wall was to capture energy savings. The “F+P preplant” system adds a thermal resistance of 2,644 m2.K/W, representing a 270% increase over the existing facade insulation. Encompassing a total vegetative surface of 1,492 m2, 1,000 m2 consist of a F+H Hydroponic system and 492 m2 of climbing plants that cover the windows. Over 33,000 native plants of different varieties were planted from the area of Álava and the Basque Country. The design draws on the ecosystems that exist in the vicinity of Vitoria-Gasteiz and represents them along the length of the facade. From left to right are the vegetative communities of the Salburua wetlands; countryside agricultural field plots planted with seasonal crops; loamy hill ecosystems; and the beech forests of the local Vitoria mountains. At the base of the greenwall a continuous backlit Corten steel seatwall integrates informative signage, allowing visitors in both Spanish and Basque to learn about the various ecosystems that are reproduced in the vertical garden along with the plant species that comprise each. A striking framework of aluminum strips straddle the building and delineate the various zones. Portions on two sides are illuminated at night, making the convention center a dramatic focal point of the city.

Find more photos and additional information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Year: 2013
Owner: City of Vitoria-Gasteiz
Location: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size:
16,060 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenwall Design & Management: Urbanarbolismo and SingularGreen
Greenwall System: F+P Hydroponic
Construction: Zikotz and Urbaser
Photography: Quintas Fotografos, Jordi Serramia Ruiz, and Hugo Riquelme Ortega

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

~ Linda V.