See Monkey and the 3TEN HauStudio greenroof on GreenroofsTV, under Additional Video Links at Roofscaping: Turning Rooftops Into Gardens, FOX5 Energy Team. [09.18.07] Greenroofs.com’s publisher/editor, Linda Velazquez, is briefly interviewed here atop Northpark 400 in Sandy Springs, GA. Linda’s first greenroof project in downtown Atlanta (2001) is also highlighted. The homeowner – and her dog, Monkey, are shown enjoying the doggie greenspace atop their 670 sf converted automotive warehouse-turned artist studio, medical arts practice and two-story residential loft.This property is for sale, and the name will eventually change! See more updated photos and more in the Sky Gardens ~ Travels in Landscape Architecture column of April, 2006. Contact Linda Velazquez at [email protected] Read about Saul Nurseries and ItSaul Natural in The Greenroof Directory.
This “Asian-eclectic urban greenroof” is located in Castleberry Hill, a historic section of downtown Atlanta, Georgia completed in November 2001. The neighborhood is close to Atlanta City Hall, an area thriving with mixed use. Everything from refurbished luxury lofts to funky eateries and commercial establishments to the Atlanta Homeless Mission is found here. Linda Velazquez, the greenroof designer, collaborated with the contractor to create a custom greenroof using local providers and products. The 670 square foot semi-extensive greenroof was designed over the newly created loft residence of HAUSTUDIO (formerly a warehouse) and two business establishments: owner/artist Diane Hause’s painting studio & gallery, and SOMA, Squires Oriental Medical Arts Center.
The clients desired an Asian inspired greenspace both for aesthetics and the enjoyment of their elderly 10 year old, 9-pound Yorkie, Butler. After Butler passed away a couple of years later, “Monkey” is now enjoying the urban greenroof and even enjoys a game of frisbee here! See the video from Fox5 Atlanta below.Set within an average depth of 5″ of lightweight growth media are six types of sedums planted along with Dianthus; hens and chicks; creeping phlox; variegated sedge; mondo grasses; Serrisa; and dwarf varieties of crepe myrtle, blue star juniper, Japanese cedar, and Hinoki cypress. Slight undulating mounds flow around a “gravel” island and pathway of Permatill?, or expanded slate. Soft lighting accents are provided by solar powered and candle Japanese lanterns, and the artist has placed pieces of art within the greenroof, including colored glass, native American artifacts and sea shells. Phase II of the project will include flowering evergreen vines planted along the large brick wall, creating niches for art display on the one foot parapet edge – and a rain barrel will be added at ground level for water harvesting.