Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for August 13, 2018: Hobbiton Movie Set

August 13, 2018 at 4:28 pm

Hobbiton Movie Set

Hobbiton™ Movie Set
Matamata, New Zealand
2,300 sf. Greenroofs (estimated)

Hobbiton Movie Set

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: August 13, 2018

Have you seen the Hobbit-like home in Pawling, New York that’s currently on the market?  Read my new “Hobbit Hollow for Sale in Upstate New York” to learn more about the earth sheltered passive house.  And, since the beloved furry-footed Hobbit dwellings are in the news once more, we’re featuring their “real” home: The Hobbiton™ Movie Set as our Project of the Week again.

Kia ora – Welcome to New Zealand!

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Hobbiton Movie Set

As a lifelong fan of The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) books and subsequent epic fantasy adventure movies, I naturally was extremely excited when I was in Auckland, New Zealand in 2014.  I was invited to speak at a private function organized by Graham Cleary of Natural Habitats and was overjoyed at the prospect of finally visiting Hobbiton, the movie set located on the North Island where Sir Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings (New Line Cinema) and The Hobbit (Warner Brothers) trilogies were partially filmed.

Hobbiton Movie Set

New Zealand, Aotearoa in Maori, is a beautiful, magical country with varied landscapes – gorgeous rocky beaches with beautiful shells; lush, oversized vegetation reminiscent of a land of the lost look like throwbacks to prehistoric times; rolling green hills dotted with grazing sheep; magnificent mountains with soaring jagged peaks; stunning lakes; and so much more.

Hobbiton Movie Set

Aramis and I spent about a week here on the North Island with Natural Habitats’ Graham and Louise Cleary as hosts at their lovely coastal home on the Great Barrier Island followed by a couple of days in Auckland where I had the pleasure of speaking to about 100 professionals at The Northern Club, ending in our visit to mythical Hobbiton, the highlight of my trip (Aramis is not the huge fan that I am, however even he loved it!).

Hobbiton Movie Set

As luck would have it, at the time Graham’s company was creating a greenwall for Peter Jackson and his studio, Wingnut Films Productions Limited.  At first he tried to have us visit that project, but timing didn’t allow it…so Graham arranged for a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the Hobbiton™ Movie Set from one of Wingnut Films Productions crew – Brian Massey, the Academy Award-winning art director, no less, from the LOTR!  You can imagine my geeky excitement!

Hobbiton Movie Set

Brian Massey and me at the entrance to Hobbiton within the actual property.

For more on our adventures, see my “Greenroofs.com Explores Middle-earth at Hobbiton, NZ” for tons more information and photos.

Hobbiton Movie Set

Bagshot Row, Hobbiton, Middle Earth.

Mini Description & Details

The vivid descriptions of the peaceful, merry, and diminutive Hobbits in J.R.R. Tolkien’s books have been brought to life through the magic of both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogies directed by New Zealander Peter Jackson.

Situated within the picturesque 1,250 acre Alexander sheep farm on New Zealand’s North Island, the 12-acre Hobbiton™ Movie Set represents Tolkien’s vision of the idyllic Middle-earth village of the Shire.

Hobbiton Movie Set

Hobbiton Movie Set

Hobbiton Movie Set

In 1999 a temporary movie set was constructed by Wingnut Films Productions for the multi-award winning The Lord of The Rings trilogy with a total of 37 smials, or Hobbit holes, nestled within the bucolic countryside. The original set was largely deconstructed afterwards, but was permanently rebuilt in 2011 for The Hobbit trilogy.

Hobbiton Movie Set

The gourd artist’s smial – they’re pretty small inside.

Hobbiton Movie Set

Hobbiton Movie Set

Vegetable Garden

Forty-four unique earth-sheltered Hobbit homes were constructed of stone, concrete and brick, covered with native grasses and clovers and surrounded by gardens and orchards farmed for fresh produce. There are approximately 2.3km (and growing) of hedges and 30 – 200 plants around each Hobbit house and 1.2km of hedges and mature Hobbit-scale trees were sourced from all over the local countryside.

Hobbiton Movie Set

Hobbiton Movie Set

The potter’s abode.

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There are over 50 staff on a permanent basis – up to 180 staff over the peak period – at the Hobbiton™ Movie Set, including 7 – 8 gardeners during height of season and 5 in the winter.

Accessible only by tour, the Hobbiton™ Movie Set is now a permanent passive attraction complete with rolling greenroofed Hobbit holes, gardens, double arched bridge, thatched stone Mill and The Green Dragon™ Inn with its own distinctive thatched rolling roofs offering traditional Hobbit fare and exclusively crafted Southfarthing™ refreshments.

Hobbiton Movie Set

The Green Dragon with the stone mill and bridge in the foreground; Photo Source: Hobbiton Tours.

Hobbiton Movie Set

The Green Dragon Inn from across the lake.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Year: 2011
Owner: Alexander Farm with Peter Jackson
Location: Matamata, New Zealand
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Semi-Intensive
System: Custom
Size:
2,300 sq.ft. averaged & estimated
Slope: 9% averaged & estimated
Access: Accessible, Private

Hobbiton Movie Set

Hobbiton Movie Set

Edible flowers and herbs.

Hobbiton Movie Set

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Site Design & Layout: Wingnut Films Productions Limited
Earth-Sheltered Design & Construction: Wingnut Films Productions Limited
Maintenance: Wingnut Films Productions Limited
General Manager: Russell Alexander, Hobbiton Movie Set
Hobbiton Movie Set Arborist & Art Director, The Lord of the Rings: Brian Massey

Hobbiton Movie Set

Bilbo’s Party Field.

Hobbiton Movie Set

All the Info:

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Hobbiton Movie Set

Project of the Week Video Feature

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 8/13/18 photo credits courtesy of Linda S. Velazquez; Tourism New Zealand by Sara Orme; and Hobbiton Tours.

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for July 30, 2018: Fenway Farms

July 29, 2018 at 9:53 pm

Fenway Farms

Fenway Farms
Boston, MA, USA
7,000 sf. Greenroof

Fenway Farms

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: July 30, 2018

While enjoying the summer here in the suburbs of Atlanta, I remembered back three years ago when Aramis, one of my best friends D’Arcy Goldman, our daughter Anjuli, and our then 6-year old grandson Nicky had the pleasure of visiting Fenway Farms in Boston.  I figured this would be a great time to replay it.

On July 7, 2015 we were given a wonderful private tour by Brendan Shea of Recover Green Roofs, the company who designed and installed the Red Sox’s Fenway Park rooftop farm.

Fenway Farms

The early July temperature difference from the street below on Yawkey Way to the lush verdant field of crops above was palpable!  Part of an ongoing campaign by the Red Sox to exemplify and promote healthy and responsible ways of living, it felt (I didn’t actually measure) 10 degrees cooler as Brendan led us through the many rows of varied, colorful vegetables and flowers.

Nicky had a great time exploring the paths and wandering amongst the large leafy greens, and had quite a few questions of his own for Brendan, like how did they get those plants up onto the roof?

Fenway Farms

Fenway Farms

Brendan talked about their modular system filled with compost-based growing media, the smart irrigation system, their partner Green City Growers who provide all farm management services including planting and harvesting, and the bountiful harvest already grown since opening day on April 13 of 2015.

The Red Sox ownership is another great example of corporate leadership – a living testament to greening our built environment – this time above the world famous Fenway Park, the oldest baseball stadium in the U.S., and one of the greenest.

Fenway Farms

Fenway Farms

Afterwards we were treated to watching some of the Red Sox team warm up, and we ended our visit to Fenway Park with a lively game against our own Miami Marlins (who unfortunately lost).  Thank you again to Mark Winterer and Brendan Shea of Recover Green Roofs for a memorable tour of a fantastic project!

Fenway Farms

Fenway Farms

Mini Description & Details

Seeded atop the roof of the Red Sox front office and the Gate A entrance of Boston’s beloved Fenway Park, Fenway Farms is the 7,000 square foot rooftop garden designed to provide over 6,000 pounds of organic produce to ballpark attendees each year.

Since its completion for Opening Day on April 13, 2015, Fenway Farms has invigorated what was once an oddly shaped, unused roof into a thriving rooftop farm.

Fenway Farms

Fenway Farms

The transformation was initially conceived by Linda Pizzuti, wife of Boston Red Sox owner John Henry, as part of an ongoing campaign by the Red Sox to exemplify and promote healthy and responsible ways of living.

As such, the project was engineered with sustainability in mind on all levels, is highly visible to ballpark attendees, and has been included as a stop on the official Fenway Park tour.

Fenway Farms

Fenway Farms

Covered with a waterproofing membrane from Carlisle, Recover Green Roofs designed and built Fenway Farms using its Recover Aerated Media Module (RAAM) system, which features a series of 5-gallon non-woven fabric-lined crates made of 50% recycled plastic content.

Located long the 3rd base side of Fenway Park, the site is equipped with an automated Weathermatic Smartlink drip irrigation system to conserve water while supporting the farm’s rotating array of vegetables and herbs.  Crops are sown in locally sourced Vermont Compost Company soil, and Fenway EMC Chefs are incorporated into the process of selecting which plants will be grown each season.

Fenway Farms

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They then utilize the weekly harvests in salads and fresh side dishes prepared in the EMC Club kitchen, incorporating a range of arugula, snap peas, and rosemary in the spring season to eggplant and potatoes come the summer months.

Fenway officials hope to teach fans and younger folks about the importance of sustainability and healthy living, and Fenway Farms is a tool for that education.

Fenway Farms

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Year: 2015
Owner: Boston Red Sox
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 7,000 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, By Appointment

Fenway Farms

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Membrane Manufacturer & Supplier: Carlisle
Membrane Installation: Chaffee Roofing
Filter Fabric Supplier: Root Down Hydroponics
Soil Media Supplier: Vermont Compost Company
Plant Supplier: Natick Community Farm and seeds by Green City Growers (gcg)
Green Roof Design & Installation: Recover Green Roofs
Irrigation Design & Installation: Recover Green Roofs
Irrigation Control System: Weathermatic Smartlink
Irrigation Supply/Consultant: Northeast Nursery
Farming Company: Green City Growers
Modular Greenroof System: Recover Aerated Media Module (RAMM), Recover Green Roofs
Turf Consultant: Scott Koesterich, New England Turf Store

Fenway Farms

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Fenway Farms

Overlooking Fenway Farms at Fenway Stadium. Photo via Green City Growers.

Project of the Week Video Feature

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 7/30/18 photo credits courtesy of Recover Green Roofs and Green City Growers.

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for June 18, 2018: American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

June 18, 2018 at 5:50 pm

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters
Washington, DC, USA
2,500 sf Greenroof

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: June 18, 2018

The American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters is an outstanding example of corporate (in this case non-profit) social responsibility.  Its design choices for two properties in Washington, D.C. reflect fostering environmental sustainability on several fronts, especially with the incorporation of greenroofs during renovation (in addition to a utilities plan that uses 100 percent wind energy).

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

We are highlighting the American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters in memory of Gregory Long of Capitol Greenroofs, who passed away in April.  His company installed both APA building greenroofs.  Greg was a fantastic individual and consummate professional whose belief in greenroofs as a means to create a healthier and more sustainable built environment is evident in all of his work.

The photo below during construction of the American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters shows Greg and his team’s commitment to getting the job done, even during tough and challenging weather.

“Even the northeaster that blew through with some driving snow showers couldn’t keep us from meeting our deadline. Not ideal to work but hey….sometimes you just have to deal with what mother nature throws at you.” ~ Greg Long, Capitol Greenroofs, 2014

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

Mini Description & Details

The American Psychological Association (APA) is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. In an effort to reduce energy consumption, maximize recycling and contribute to a healthier environment, in April 2014 a second greenroof was added to APA properties at their headquarters (see the APA/World Resources Institute HQ from 2008), which qualified for the DDOE grant program.

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

In 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency rated both buildings in the top 10 percent of buildings in the U.S. with the lowest carbon footprint.

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

The plantings in April, 2014.

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

The design at the APA HQ building was focused on how greenroofs benefit people’s mental well being. Rebate funding was provided by the District Department of the Environment through a program administered by the Anacostia Watershed Society.

Many private companies were also involved which made this project successful. Installed by Capitol Greenroofs, the system design called for plenty of seating and relaxation with Bison Innovative Products decking tiles, metal planters, and perennial planting areas.

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American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

Composed of a mixture of perennials, woody shrubs and small magnolia trees set within modern style seating areas with bright decorative accents, this greened patio creates usable event space with spectacular views of the Capitol building.

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

The plantings in May, 2015.

Year: 2014
Owner: American Psychological Association
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Roof Type: Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Roof Size: 2,500 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Access:
Accessible, Private

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Gensler Associates
Landscape Architect: Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, Inc.
Contractor: HITT Contracting
Greenroof System: Henry Intensive Greenroof
Installation: Capitol Greenroofs
Decking Tiles: Bison Innovative Products
Contractor: Consolidated Waterproofing
Planters, Edging & Planter Benches Manufacturer: Ore Inc.

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

All the Info:

View the American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters project profile to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

Gorgeous APA rooftop blooms in May, 2015.

Project of the Week Video Feature

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 6/18/18 video photo credits: Courtesy of Greg Long, Capitol Greenroofs.

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for June 4, 2018: Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

June 4, 2018 at 4:22 pm


Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green WallsTag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls
Cairo, Egypt
25,833 sf Greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: June 4, 2018

After I spoke at the recent 5th International Green Roof Congress in Kuwait City, last February, Aramis and I had the pleasure of meeting Tarek Hosny, one of the founders of Schaduf, based in Cairo.  My presentation was entitled “2018 Top 10 Living Architecture Trends in Dry & Hot Regions” and Tarek wanted to introduce me to his work.

But I told him I was already familiar with some of it due to my research of the MENA area, and was looking forward to receiving more info so we could feature some of their projects.

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Schaduf has been involved with sustaining Cairo’s low income communities through rooftop farming and other sustainable landscapes since 2011.  In fact, the Arabic word “schaduf” refers to an ancient irrigation tool, which lifts water to irrigation canals.

The company says, “In our case, we lift water, sunshine, and life to barren concrete walls and roofs.”  Very appropriate!

By the way, there are many living architecture projects in Egypt, and the ones I highlighted in my presentation were from RISE (Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment) at the American University at Cairo, whose work we’d also like to showcase in the future.

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

Mini Description & Details

Developed by Madinet Nasr for Housing & Development (MNHD), Tag Sultan in Cairo is the first phase of the visionary Teegan Development.  Tag Sultan offers a unique living experience with diverse residential unit types to suit all tastes and needs: apartments, duplexes and villas with distinguished contemporary designs and a wide range of spaces, spread over 300,000 square meters.

Built with the purpose of a lively and healthy lifestyle, the colorfully planted compound is centered on a large landscaped public park.

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

Tag Sultan photo and illustration from Madinet Nasr for Housing & Development.

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

But due to electrical needs, 11 generator rooms were placed in spaces originally allocated for green areas and obstructed the landscape view.  The Schaduf team came up with the idea to cover all those rooms that dot the flowing design of the compound with hydroponic green walls.

Designed by Schaduf landscape architects, the challenges faced were that the green walls, the irrigation system, and water pipes had to be built with proximity to electrical wires.

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

Completed in five months, they designed a three layered model: the first layer is made of steel studs to form the base, the second is an isolation layer, and the final layer is the geotextile where the plants are placed. The last part of the process was deciding on the type of the plants depending on the sun direction, amount of natural light during the day, the climate, color combination, and water needs.

As the Egyptian climate is hot and sunny, plants like the Spanish cactus and Schefflera that can retain water and tolerate sun were chosen.

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The objectives of the Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls were to cool the micro climates around the generators, reduce sound pollution, blend the buildings with the landscape, and improve the experience through design and nature.

The result is an inspired urban green solution which created sustainable spaces and elevated the quality of life for all of the Tag Sultan residents.

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

Year: 2018
Owner: Madinet Nasr Housing Development
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Building Type: Multi-Family Residential
Type: Living Wall
System: Custom
Size: 25833 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, By Appointment

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Developer: Madinet Nasr for Housing & Development (MNHD)
Greenwall Designer & Landscape Architect: Schaduf
Greenwall System: Schaduf
Greenwall Installation & Maintenance: Schaduf

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

All the Info:

View the Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls project profile to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Project of the Week Video Feature

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 6/04/18 video photo credits: Courtesy of Schaduf, Madinet Nasr for Housing & Development (MNHD) and MNHD’s Facebook page.

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

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits Host