360 Mall Vertical Gardens and 360 Expansion-Sheikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah International Tennis Complex
Kuwait City, Kuwait
8,934 sf vertical gardens and 16,684 sf vertical gardens under construction
Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: February 12, 2018
Living architecture in the arid, water-scarce Middle East is challenging, but very doable. Many examples exist of outdoor and indoor greenroofs and walls. In honor of this week’s 5th International Green Roof Congress in Kuwait City, we are highlighting a particularly distinctive and curvaceous indoor living wall project and future expansion project by French botanist Patrick Blanc.
Held from February 17-18, 2018 at the very green Al Shaheed Park, we’re excited to attend! And, I’m thrilled to be closing with my new “Top 10 Living Architecture Trends in Dry & Sub-Humid Regions” presentation on Sunday.
Mini Description & Details
Developed by the Tamdeen Group and designed by architects CallisonRTKL, the 360 MALL in Kuwait is a unique luxury retail and entertainment complex. One of the most dynamic retail and leisure destinations in the region has been created, combining upscale shopping, entertainment, art, and state-of-the-art technology.
Its dramatic circular shape was in part a result of rigorous zoning requirements. CallisonRTKL took architectural design inspiration from the time-honored Islamic tradition of navigating by the stars.
In 2009, the first hydroponic Patrick Blanc Vertical Gardens were planted in the main Atrium and Solar Garden, and include four freestanding double-sided vegetated walls. In 2015 the Food Lounge underwent an extension project and a major feature is the new garden-themed court with a 10-meter high waterfall as a focal point.
Planted in 2017, lush vertical gardens were added including a 29 m-long narrow suspended blade known as the “Fountain Hanging Crown.” Patrick Blanc selected over 21,500 plants representing over 101 species from around the world.
Visually stunning, the vertical gardens function as a natural biofilter, improving the mall’s air quality. The plants were chosen for their diverse form, color, and texture to create a soothing and relaxing canvas of a tropical forest.
The 360 MALL is a favorite destination for great shopping, food choices, and pleasing plus soothing environment to enjoy the sights, sounds, and scents of a beautiful, green and charming oasis.
In 2015 a massive 360 MALL Extension commenced with a additional shopping and leisure activities, and the 7,600-seat Sheikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah International Tennis Complex. The new complex will feature a 350 m-long and 7 m-high indoor circular Vertical Garden by Patrick Blanc, slated to be one of the longest greenwalls ever.
Year: 2009, 2017 & Current
Owner: Tamdeen Shopping Centers
Location: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 8934 sq.ft. +16,684 sq. ft.
Access: Accessible, Open to Public
Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Developer: Tamdeen Group
Vertical Garden Designer: Patrick Blanc, Le Mur Vegetal
Living Wall System: Dr. Patrick Blanc, Le Mur Vegetal
All the Info:
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Project of the Week Video Feature
Watch the 360 Mall Vertical Gardens and 360 Expansion-Sheikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah International Tennis Complex Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:
Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 2/12/18 video credits: Photos courtesy of ©Mitchell Duncan & Associates Ltd.; ©Mustafa E.K Photography; ©Patrick Blanc, ©CRKTL, ©Tamdeen Group, and ©Sport Concepts courtesy of Patrick Blanc; and ©mid-east.info.
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