Time for pruning and planting at Stockholm City´s first vertical garden
Time for pruning and planting at Stockholm City´s first vertical garden
The lush living wall that adorns the facade at the corner of Drottninggatan / Mäster Samuelsgatan just next to Sergels Torg gives life to a dull urban environment in the midst of Stockholm. Three years after the inauguration, the vertical garden serves as a portal to Drottninggatan, Sweden’s most visited commercial street. When Greenworks, by the property owner Vasakronan and the architects at Nyréns, was commissioned to erect the 70 square meter green lush façade lot, with 2,500 plants of some forty varieties, it was fully in line with Stockholm City’s goal to strengthen the green structure and biodiversity.
”This time the maintenance procedure is a little faster, we can do it in 6 hours,” says Jens Öqvist, landscape engineer at Greenworks who equipped with secateurs, staple gun, scissors, headlamp and protective harness slides up almost 30 meters to be able to prune and remove old flowers and plants.
Living shop environment with plants on the wall
Living shop environment with plants on the wall
Greenworks supplies H&M on Gustav Adolf’s square in the middle of Malmö with greenery. Nature moves inside at Sweden’s third largest city, and Hennes & Mauritz gets a unique indoor environment that distinguishes it from all other clothing stores.
– The idea was to create a living wall that is more than just a green wall, Jens Öqvist explains, landscape engineer at Greenworks. The intention was to create a vertical garden with a three-dimensional depth that captures contrasts and soft shapes.
The living wall serves as a backscene of the two escalators that link the floors together and becomes an eyecatcher in a world of clothes. At 60 square meters there are 18 different plant species. Jens, who also has an background in industrial economics, points to a number of parameters in addition to the more artistic and aesthetic aspects.
Scandinavia's largest living wall project is given added value
Twenty-eight living walls, contributed to the fact that Biomedicum managed to win the ‘Building of the Year’ Award this spring. Greenworks' living walls, that spread over nine floors, has added to C.F. Møller's architectural idea of ’Park in House’, transforming the sterile lab environments into lush vertical gardens. When scientists and students meet at the coffee stations the living walls brings a soothing feeling and is often the subject of conversation while they contribute with cleaner air and better acoustics. Perhaps there is a possibility to add some edible plants and herbs as well?
- They are beautiful, but also give significantly better air, Dagmar Galter at the Department of Neuroscience explains. We usually take pictures here when someone has nailed their thesis!
- The variety of lush plants and the fact that the foliage is hanging out and spreading is lovely, my colleague Katrin Wellfelt says, the wilder the better, it should not be too strict. Imagine if it had been artificial flowers, it would not have given the same feeling at all.
Living walls abound in Biomedicum
Building of the year 2019
Indoor living walls is a recurring theme through Biomedicum, the new laboratory building at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. Greenworks has provided 28 plantwalls on 600 square meters with more than 20 000 plants as a backdrop to causal meeting and coffee places for researchers and students in 9 stories. As such, it's the largest indoor living wall project in Scandinavia. Biomedicum is one of the largest laboratories in Europe and a hub for cross-disciplinary experimental research. The building, which houses some 1 700 people, won the Swedish Building of the Year Award 2019 in a tight competition among 20 nominated projects.
Biomedicum wins the Building Of The Year 2019 award
We are proud to announce that one of our projects just won a very important award
Since the start, Greenworks has focused on the advantages of plants and what effects they have on the environment we live in. Greenworks is honored to have designed and built Scandinavia's largest indoor plantwall project, at Karolinska Institutet's new research center Biomedicum.
The building houses 28 plantwalls on 10 floors with 20,000 plants or 30 different species.
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Vertical Gardens in Scandinavia
A solution to increase the green area factor in urban areas
Since the start, Greenworks have focused on the advantages of plants and what effects it has on the environment we live in. It all started with the Moving Hedge in 2009 as a room divider with plants. Now Greenworks have evolved further with competences in design and landscape engineering. Greenworks have been involved in the construction of many outdoor projects already and have been the main contractor at the corner of Drottninggatan and Mäster Samuelsgatan in Stockholm city with the client Vasakronan.
Greenworks showroom opens in Madrid
Greenworks Madrid showroom is full of life where you can surround yourself with unique plants in living furniture and vertical gardens. Among the centerpieces are the pendants Babylone and Bridge. Greenworks Madrid is just a stone's throw away from Arganzuela's Crystal Palace, Madrid's largest greenhouse and one of its best kept secrets. Leonardo discovered this space to be the perfect match with the Greenworks brand.
At present, Greenworks has several resellers and a hundred completed projects in Europe. In the last two years, Greenworks opened up to collaborations with committed and competent actors on the continent.
Fun with green
At Telias new headquarter at Mall of Scandinavia the energy level is high when the three thousand employees enters the building. In the colourful reception our living wall - a mix of plants and reindeer moss - binds together various elements in the seating area, including digital fishes (!!) Crazy but fun! Based on the concept Skogsträdgården by Reflex Architects, Greenworks has together with Nordic Green Design been appointed to carry out this project.
Bridge is not only a great desk light, it´s also a creative way to incorporate greenery into your environment, creating endless variations. Light spread is medium and radiates plentiful of full spectrum light suitable for any work or- reception desk. Or why not in a dining area placing fresh herbs in the Bridge.
Vertical garden in Mölndal
at Mölndal Galleria
Mölndal Galleria is committed to becoming the first environmentally certified shopping mall in Gothenburg region, according to the international standard BREEAM, level 'Very Good'. We were commissioned by NCC in cooperation with Ambius to project and construct a vertical garden around a two story arcade.
Babylone LED pendant
Babylone is a spherical plexi-glass pendant with room for plants. The sphere has openings that allows stems and leaves to meander out of the globe. A plethora of plants can be used for a unique expression. The full spectrum light source satisfies the plants and creates a pleasant atmosphere. We recommend to use a mineral rich and high water retention substrate.
Lush vertical garden
at Telenor's Stockholm head office
When Telenor Sweden moved into their new headquarters, they implemented an activity-based approach. The goal is to increase the interaction between the employees, and to encourage to more spontaneous meetings, enhancing creativity and efficiency. Norwegian interior-architects, ‘ Romlaboratoriet’ have designed the space with a focus on openness and use of the buildings great natural light and views.
In this project Greenworks had a few aspects to consider, 2 large led-screens, and a wall-mounted leather sofa beneath. We wanted to create a green and lush plantscape with a minimum of maintenance. We, as well as the client, are very satisfied with the result.
2m2 Green Screen
our brand new living furniture
Our 2M2 Green Screen is an elegant screen for plants. Easily wall-mounted and light weight makes 2M2 perfect for various spaces. The irrigation tank in a matt powder coated stainless steel can be exposed as a discrete piece. As an option we can deliver by measure to fit inside your cabinet or under your work desk.
The choice of suitable plants is broad - and we can provide complete designs to pick from. 2M2 is available in vertical or horizontal format.
This slim vertical garden is already revitalising an increasing number of workplaces around Scandinavia.
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