Scala Shopping
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Scala Shopping Living Wall; Photo Courtesy of Paisajismo UrbanoProject Name: Scala Shopping
Year: 2012
Owner: Grupo Promotor Inmodiamante S.A.
Location: Quito, Ecuador
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 10764 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public
Submitted by: Paisajismo Urbano

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Botanist & Designer: Ignacio Solano, Paisajismo Urbano
Living Wall System: Paisajismo Urbano?
Paisajismo Urbano? Supplier/Distributor: Greenstar
Installation: Paisajismo Urbano and Greenstar
Maintenance: Greenstar
Scala Shopping; Photo Courtesy of Paisajismo UrbanoClse-up of one of the 9 greenwalls; Photo Courtesy of Paisajismo UrbanoScala Shopping; Photo Courtesy of Paisajismo Urbano
Located on approximately 4 hectares encompassing 160 commercial establishments and providing 2,000+ parking spaces, Scala Shopping is a new three-story upscale retail center in the Cumbay? neighborhood in northeast Quito, Ecuador. Started in 2006, the Quito Municipality and developer, Grupo Promotor Inmodiamante S.A., sought a modern shopping destination where it was possible to have fun in a safe and secure setting, and generate employment and sound economic development.

The design takes advantage of the natural elements of the area and offers visitors recreational open space that merges nature and new-generation entertainment with technology at the forefront of Latin America. Scala Shopping seeks to reduce pollution, has recreational areas and Wi-Fi service available in all areas, and boasts the country's largest 3D IMAX screen.

They city says one of Scala Shopping's strong points was their commitment to supporting the environment, and a series of hydroponic living walls totaling 1,000 m2 was chosen as its crowning feature from the Spanish firm Paisajismo Urbano. They felt that adding vertical gardens would promote the union of man and nature, inviting clients to take care of nature and help mitigate the shopping mall's considerable carbon footprint.
Close-up 3 months after installation; Photo Courtesy of Paisajismo UrbanoAn interior Paisajismo Urbano vertical ecosystem; Photo Courtesy of Paisajismo Urbano
Scala Shopping has a total of 9 different living walls both inside and outside the building. Paisajismo Urbano, the system designer and manufacturer who assisted local Quito installer and representative Greenstar, says this project has been the most technologically complex one they have worked on. From start to finish, the project was finished in record time, taking only a month and a half to complete.

Approximately 30,000 plants of 90 different species were used - 60 of them native to the area. As in all of their projects, the health of the vertical garden is monitored as part of the local Paisajismo Urbano maintenance service agreement. It is estimated that yearly the vegetation on the facades of Scala Shopping will produce oxygen for 1,000 people and that all together the 9 vertical ecosystems can capture about 300 tons of harmful greenhouse gases.

Installed in late October, 2012, Paisajismo Urbano founder and biologist, Ignacio "Nacho" Solano, says that as usual he took advantage of his visit to Ecuador to perform research and work in the Amazonian jungles at the Yasuni National Park.

Additional thumbnail photos:

Installation in October, 2012; Photo Courtesy of Paisajismo UrbanoScala Shopping; Photo Courtesy of Paisajismo UrbanoOne of the outdoor greenwalls; Photo Courtesy of Paisajismo UrbanoScala Shopping; Close-up 3 months after installation; Photo Courtesy of Paisajismo UrbanoPhoto Courtesy of Paisajismo Urbano
Scala Shopping is located on Interoce?nica and Pasaje del Valle, Quito, Ecuador. See the profile from Paisajismo Urbano here and see the very informative 31:16 construction video Construcci?n del jardin vertical mas grande de America on YouTube. Read the November 12, 2012 Cumbay? estrena nuevo centro comercial by Silvia V?squez in Spanish. For additional information regarding the greenwall project, visit http://www.paisajismourbano.com or contact Alex Ormad of Paisajismo Urbano at: alexverticalecosystems@gmail.com or paisajismo-urbano@hotmail.com.
 
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