Soaring five stories high, Natural Habitats has completed New Zealand’s tallest exterior green walls for the St Mark’s luxury apartments in Remuera, Auckland.
The project has also earned New Zealand’s first Homestar Innovation Point from the New Zealand Green Building Council.
The series of three green walls is one of the largest green walls in the country at more than 112sq m.
With more than 5000 predominately native plants, the walls’ design features organic swathes of plants selected for textural contrast and explosions of seasonal colour change, Natural Habitats senior landscape architect Mel Robinson says.
“Apart from visual benefits for the development’s residents, visitors and neighbours, the green walls will also have ecological benefits,” Ms Robinson says.
“The increased biodiversity provides additional bee and bird food, absorption of contaminants from the atmosphere, and the production of oxygen.
“The walls will also contribute to reducing the ‘heat island effect’, and can help protect the building from temperature fluctuations and UV radiation.”
Located on the corner of St Marks and MacMurray Roads in Remuera, Auckland, the St Marks development is comprised of three separate six-storey buildings.
The vision of property developer John Harman was to develop a community where liveability and ease of living were paramount.
“In order to create a truly enjoyable internal piazza I insisted on the three full height green walls,” Mr Harman says.
“These walls created an ever-changing landscape for the apartments.
“They also created an inner sanctum from the noise of the city, and a truly enjoyable space that would bring the residents together into a communal space, thus creating activation.”