Two-faced: double-sided greenwall offers beauty from all angles
If good fences make good neighbours, then a greenwall makes for a very good neighbour indeed. This is what a family found when searching for a way to soften the outlook of their yard. The view — which encompassed a commercial radio station, a surgery and a car park — was softened with a double-sided greenwall that improved the outlook for all parties.
“Traditionally, greenwalls have been designed to cover facades of buildings or structures to provide amenity and environmental benefits. Today, we are finding that our clients are looking for much more, which is how this project evolved,” said Mark Paul, founder of The Greenwall Company.
“Our double-sided greenwalls offer amenity to both sides. The freestanding design is perfect for those looking for a green dividing solution.
“Not only does the double-sided wall screen a commercial radio station, surgery entrance and the associated car park, it also gives amenity to [the client’s] own garage and driveway from their indoor/outdoor entertaining space.”
The wall was originally planned as a standard one-sided wall, but as the project progressed, the design evolved into a double-sided wall. This has been perfect for the space, Paul said, softening the view from the family home on one, as well as the office building on the other — all parties were extremely happy with the result.
Spanning over 8 m in length and 2 m in height, the eight-panelled custom-designed greenwall was strategically planted to give additional height and far exceed its 2 m tall frame, essentially blocking the commercial building situated behind the house. Installed in 2014, the greenwall took three months to grow in.
Developed by Paul over approximately 30 years, the greenwall is an innovative system based on inorganic media and adjustable substrate depth that retains moisture and simulates conditions resembling natural soil. In addition, by using plants adapted to impoverished environments and seasonal drought, the company creates water-efficient planting that is resilient to inevitable short-term human and mechanical failures.
This particular greenwall incorporates more than 40 plant species, including Aechmea callichroma, Alcantarea vinicolor, Aechmea blanchettiana, Begonia mazii, Saxifraga stolonifera, Fosterella speciosum, Callisia fragrans and Chlorophytum ‘Sea Breeze’.
Materials used in the wall include The Greenwall Company’s patented soil-less medium, which is created using 96% recycled materials that would otherwise be destined for Australian landfill and a plant palette to complement a subtropical garden. Support rails were also anchored to a structural retaining wall.
“The brief for this project was to create a tranquil setting for the family to enjoy the patio area and we certainly feel that this has been achieved,” said Paul.
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