Video & Project of the Week for January 12, 2015: Hotel Santo Domingo Hanging Garden

January 13, 2015 at 10:37 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 1/12/15

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Hotel Santo Domingo Hanging Garden
Madrid, Spain
11,044 sf. Greenwalls

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Project Description & Details

Located in the heart of Madrid, the Hotel Santo Domingo is a comfortable boutique 4 star hotel dedicated to artistic creation, designed to host all kinds of events and offer a full range of services. The proprietors decided to cover the barren interior courtyard walls since 70 out of its 200 rooms overlooked the bare space, but it was a challenge to create original, spectacular and stunning views. In line with the hotel owners’ artistic and ecological aesthetic, along with a desire to provide differentiation and added value to its customers, a spectacular living vertical garden was desired.

Designed by architect Félix González Vela, the beautiful inner courtyard showcases the world’s largest hanging garden (according to Guinness World Records as of November 23, 2011): an immense 1,026 m2 wall of greenery (including the vegetated terraced areas, 844 m² without) with an impressive 20 meter high waterfall. In total, more than 2,500 varieties of non-allergenic trees and shrubs, climbing plants and herbs highlighting seasonal species were used in 400 staggered planters of different sizes with about 40,000 liters of specially designed growing media. Eight trees reach 5 meters high and there are about 30 smaller shrubs; the vertical garden is estimated to absorb 25,000 kg of CO2 per year.

The hanging garden also has an advanced system of night lighting technology with LEDs that delight guests and visitors, offering a show of varying colors during day and nighttime. Inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the 22.9 meter high greenwall is one of the hotel’s masterpieces ensuring colorful year round vegetation.

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

Thank you to PRONATUR for supplying additional information about the Hotel Santo Domingo Hanging Garden.

Year: 2011
Owner: Hotel Santo Domingo
Location: Madrid, Spain
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Living Wall
System: Custom
Size:
11,044 sq.ft.
Slope: 2%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenwall Designer: Architect Félix González Vela
Chief Executive Officer & General Manager: Antonio Núñez Tirado, Hotel Santo Domingo
Landscape Designer, Construction Manager & Maintenance: Manuel Pasquín Agero, Semper Veris
Plant Supplier: Los Peñotes Garden Center
Maintenance Company: Deorada Natura

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Watch the “Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement” by Marc Grañén from Our Virtual Summit 2013

December 11, 2014 at 11:03 am

In anticipation of Greenroofs.com’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 the Individual Video “Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement” by Marc Grañén.  He is actually our newest contributing editor here at Greenroofs.com, and I am in the middle of translating his first column – look for it very soon!  We will present it in both English and Spanish, the first time we publish an article in two languages.

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Marc says, “I have a real need to observe all that involves me, to capture the essence of each small part of a landscape, in order to understand the natural balance of Nature, that Nature we had already pushed out from our lives. So I created Phyto Kinetic, to gain those lost green spaces in where there’s only concrete and asphalt; a world trademark to “engarden” the roofs of public transport. Finally, we have started to have green roofs and vegetal walls; now we have also gardens in movement.” Marc’s presentation will be in English.

Marc dice que tiene necesidad de observar todo lo que lo envuelve, para captuar la esencia de cada parte pequeño del paisaje par mejor entender el balance natural de la Naturaleza. Creyó Phyto Kinetic para ganar esos espacios verdes perdidos en donde sólo hay concreto y asfalto. Al fin, hemos comenzado a tener azoteas verdes y muros vegetados; ahora tenemos jardines en movimiento.

Here’s more:

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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.” ~ VS2013

Watch the “Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement” by Marc Grañén 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 Greenroofs.com 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:

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 + 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

Video & Project of the Week for December 1, 2014: Plaza Delicias (Delicias Square) Vertical Garden

December 2, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 12/01/14

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Plaza Delicias (Delicias Square) Vertical Garden
Zaragoza, Spain
14,316 sf. Green Façades & Greenwalls

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Project Description & Details

A densely populated area in the city of Zaragoza, Delicias has a general lack of green space and symbolic landmark places. In the 1990’s the neighborhood residents’ association (Asociación de Vecinos de Delicias “Manuel Viola”) gathered support, including from the City of Zaragoza, to have a small unsightly corner vacant lot revitalized into a thriving hanging garden. The leisure and educational community gathering space also provides much needed vegetation.

Designed by Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura and Jardinería Vela, the award winning Plaza Delicias (Delicias Square) Vertical Garden has flourished in the tight urban space. A vertical garden of 500 linear metres of different heights with various accesses and platforms was created offering a multitude of activities. Using 84 different plant species, over 800 m2 of landscaping elements were incorporated, in addition to 530 m2 of plants located at the Plaza Delicias street level. Rising to a height over 14.40 metres, the routes crisscross the plaza’s space as if they were tree branches sprouting out from the trunk, creating the symbolic neighborhood tree. Unique art has been incorporated within a striking vertical tower, and the entire constructed unit is presented as a unique whole interrelating architecture with naturalization.

Learn more at the project profile and read the Greenroofs.com June 2014 Guest Feature article Vertical Garden in Delicias, Zaragoza: A Naturalised Hanging Garden Plaza by Joaquín Sicilia Carnicer.

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

Year: 2008
Owner: City of Zaragoza
Location: Zaragoza, Spain
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Green Façade
System: Custom
Size:
14,316 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Concept & Management: Joaquín Sicilia Carnicer
Project Development: Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura, S.L.P. and Lázaro & Isabel Vela of Jardinería Vela, S.L.
Structural Engineer: Pérez Benedicto & Ingemetal
Engineering Facilities: Inpro Estudios y Proyectos
Coordination/Management: Jaime Crespí & Miguel Angel Herrero, Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura
Construction: DGP, Dirección Gestión y Promoción, S.L. & SACYR, S.A
Conceptual Collaboration/Participation: Asociación Vecinos del Barrio de Delicias “Manuel Viola”

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Video & Project of the Week for June 2, 2014: Plaza Delicias Vertical Garden

June 6, 2014 at 7:58 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 6/02/14

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Plaza Delicias (Delicias Square)
Vertical Garden

Zaragoza, Spain
14,316 sf Greenwalls

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Project Description & Details

After a demolished building left unsightly flank walls facing a small empty lot in a densely populated neighborhood in the city of Zaragoza, the Residents’ Association of Delicias garnered support for revitalization of the site. The public plaza needed to provide multiple benefits including offering a meeting place for the community as well as a space for leisure and integration and association with much desired nature: a 20-meter high vertical garden was the answer.

A metaphor for a tree, the concept, design and development of the custom metal hanging garden was lead by Joaquín Sicilia Carnicer of Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura, which took over 10 years. The conceptual genesis expands the Plaza Delicias in a tight urban space by developing a vertical garden of 500 linear meters of different heights with various accesses and platforms for activities forming over 800 m2 of landscaping elements, in addition to 530 m2 of plants located at the Plaza Delicias street level. Multi-level accessible vegetated ramps ascend up to almost 15 meters high with a “botanical route” encompassing 84 different plants. The routes crisscross the height of the plaza’s space as if they were tree branches sprouting out from the trunk.

Year: 2008
Owner: City of Zaragoza
Location: Zaragoza, Spain
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Green Façade
System: Custom
Size: 14,316 sq.ft.
Grade: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Concept & Management: Joaquín Sicilia Carnicer
Project Development: Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura, S.L.P. and Lázaro & Isabel Vela of Jardinería Vela, S.L.
Structural Engineer: Pérez Benedicto & Ingemetal
Engineering Facilities: Inpro Estudios y Proyectos
Coordination/Management: Jaime Crespí & Miguel Angel Herrero, Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura
Construction: DGP, Dirección Gestión y Promoción, S.L. & SACYR, S.A.
Conceptual Collaboration/Participation: Asociación Vecinos del Barrio de Delicias “Manuel Viola”

Read much more at the June, 2014 Greenroofs.com Guest Feature Article by Joaquín Sicilia Carnicer entitled “Vertical Garden in Delicias, Zaragoza: A Naturalised Hanging Garden Plaza.”

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