Delray Beach, FL – (November 16, 2021) – For more than 17 years, GSky® Plant Systems, Inc., has designed, built, and maintained Living Green Walls worldwide. GSky’s portfolio of Versa, Pro, and Basic Living Green Walls has made it the leader in the “green’ industry, with beautiful and innovative creations adorning the interiors and exteriors of Fortune 500 companies around the globe.
Our GSky Plant Systems, Inc green wall with sculpted artworks designed by Michael Singer Studios at The Universities at Shady Grove was nominated for the European Interior Landscaping Organisation 2020-2021 best project awards.
Every two years EILO – the European Interior Landscaping Organisation – organises its Best Projects Award. The general theme for 2021 is ‘make the office feel like home’.
Despite the past few years having been hard for the interior landscaping sector due to COVID-19, this edition of our awards competition received the highest number of eligible entries ever. Both small and large projects, and most of them in the category Green Interior. This year we are very pleased to welcome projects from Australia, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Lithuania, Monaco, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US.
During the month of November all nominees will be judged by an independent international jury:
- Jolanda Maas, assistant professor and senior researcher VU University NL, specialised in the relationship between nature, greenery and human welfare & happiness
- Anne Keusch, Head of Sustainable Development and Innovation of Groupama Immobilier
- Laurent Miguet, Le Moniteur, a daily web newsletter and weekly printed magazine, with a large audience, dedicated to public works and landscaping professionals
- Marc Verachtert, green journalist and garden architect, contributor to several green magazines and television programmes.
The award ceremony for all winners will be held online December 1, 16.30 – 17.30 (CET). We will also tell more about EILO’s plans for 2022!
GSKY PLANT SYSTEMS – UNITED STATES
Category: Vertical Green
This project for the Biomedical, Sciences and Engineering facility was designed as part of a LEED Platinum project at the University of Shady Grove (USG). The wall is along the staircase leading to the second floor. Some have equated it to hiking while walking on the staircase with the lush foliage adjacent. It was designed to appear as an extension of the east courtyard exterior environment flowing into the building.
The plants are designed with a natural soft curving flow which may denote movement and nature. They had requested the plants be the same plants used outdoors but that would drastically affect the sustainability of the plants. Tropical plants were used with primarily shades of green that flow with the exterior plants through to sitting areas complementing the colors in the furniture and other textiles.
Michael Singer Studios designed and installed sculptural pieces that exist on the exterior of the building as well as incorporating them into the wall, again, providing flow from the outside to the interior.
The living wall is 280 sq. ft with an average height standing with a height between 2’ – 13’ in increments along the staircase and is 35’3” wide. It contains 1701 4” tropical potted plants and is irrigated via GSky’s patented drip system with a built-in nutrient injector. A ladder was used for the install and maintenance. Oasis Plantscaping was involved in the installation and provides maintenance for the wall.
Even though there is a bank of windows along the top of the wall, supplemental LED lighting was installed to enhance and make-up for the dreary short days during the winter.