When landscape architect Melendrez Assocs. was working on the planters for this student housing project on the Univ. of Southern California campus in Los Angeles, they had originally envisioned 24′ long, galvanized steel troughs. While that may have seemed like an inexpensive solution, the custom fabricating cost, durability, and long-term maintenance made the planters relatively expensive.
Tournesol Siteworks was brought in to look at the job, and was able to provide a lower-cost, more reliable solution by creating custom fiberglass planters with an “unbuffed” aluminum finish. It looks and feels like metal, but doesn’t have the shine of the finished aluminum product. More pictures after the break…
I wanted to feature this installation because it showcases the durability of the FRP material in demanding circumstances. A few posts ago (Hyatt Regency Gainey Ranch) I repeated something I’d heard from a local contractor in Phoenix (and I paraphrase) – “after one year outside in Phoenix, most fiberglass containers are toast”. These pots were installed in Dec. ’07, and these images were taken in April ’10. The “AAA-five diamond” Fairmont Hotel in Scottsdale, AZ isn’t exactly a low-traffic installation, and the pots are still looking great. It’s a direct result of the way we manufacture our fiberglass. We use 2-3x more fiberglass than most manufacturers and won’t ever “cut” our product with fillers that add to the weight without adding strength. More images after the break…
In the heart of the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort at Gainey Ranch, a magnificent 4-star hotel, you’ll find the fountain courtyard, filled with majestic palms, fountains, and streams as it leads you from the lobby to the main pool area. About two years ago the hotel horticultural staff added Urban Collection containers and CWM Modular container irrigation for additional color along the paths. More images after the break.
Louis Fusco Landscape Architects pulled off an excellent example of configuring space using planters at this project in Queens, NY last year. Using large (36″) and small (24″) Wilshire Collection squares and a series of 96″ long rectangles, they created rooms, sitting areas, and bench structures. More after the break…
This certainly won’t go down as our most glamorous post, but it proves a point. A designer pointed out today that there weren’t any images of our Metro Collection Ash/Trash receptacles available on our website or in our catalog. The quickest way to change that and share the image is to post it here on the blog.
If there is a product that you’d like to see more of but don’t find on our website, just shoot off an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll find a few more images and product details after the break.
Sometimes I think if you follow our blog you’d think that all we do is living wall systems. Just to set the record straight, that couldn’t be further from the truth. While living wall is a fast-emerging opportunity for us, our bread-and-butter business remains manufacturing pots, planters, and irrigation systems. We try to post as many images from installed projects in this blog so that our customers have a chance to see what our products really look like in the field, and to get a sense of whether it will work for what they’re doing. We also hope, just a little, that it will provide inspiration and ideas for designers looking for ways to make their urban environment greener. More info about NoHo 14 after the break.
Sometimes more is not less. For the Avalon Apartments at Mission Bay in San Francisco, PGADesign went for a simple Wilshire Collection fiberglass (frp) rectangle for the accent planters along the street fronts of this glass curtainwall building. By using the 24″x24″ profile, the architect gave the unit enough “punch” to make a statement in this fast-developing section of San Francisco. The planters were installed by Valleycrest Landscape, the same folks that installed the planters in the last post, 211 Main. More images after the break.
Have you ever wondered what the inside of a big-time corporate boardroom looked like? I know I did. It was fun for us to work on this relatively small terrace project for one of the financial service titans in San Francisco. They recently moved buildings, and found themselves with a boardroom looking over an undecorated rooftop. The view was great, but the roof wasn’t. They brought in landscape architects Smith+Smith in San Francisco to soften the view. Continue reading Terrace at 211 Main St., San Francisco→
The previous two posts about San Jose featured applications of Tournesol Siteworks pots and planters used to green the streets of Downtown. This post features one of the city’s most interesting experiments – widening the sidewalks. Continue reading The Greening of San Jose, Part 3→
The City of San Jose has put over 300 planters in its downtown district during the past year, and nearly all of them have been manufactured by Tournesol Siteworks. The previous post showed the most recent installation of custom Urban Collection and Wilshire Box hanging planters. This post highlights previous work done in the same downtown area. Continue reading The Greening of San Jose, Part 2→