If you subscribe to either Architectural Products or Landscape Architecture magazine, you’ll see a new marketing campaign starting in the March/April issues. We’re calling it “You create the space. We’ll supply the tools” (for obvious reasons!). Continue reading →
Flower Framer windowboxes at Elephant & Castle restaurant
It feels like an era is over at Tournesol Siteworks. We signed the paperwork on a deal with Viapul Corporation of Oakwood Village, OH (near Cleveland), selling them the assets of the Flower Framer product line. We purchased the product line in 2004 from the original owner and founder. The addition of windowboxes back then helped us grow rapidly through the mid-2000′s. As we’ve grown, however, our product line has continued to evolve toward commercial landscape products, and away from residential/retail. The windowbox product just doesn’t fit well in our sales channel anymore. Continue reading →
Courtyard planters at the Trellis Terrace condominiums, San Diego
The Trellis is a condominium building in the Gaslamp District in Downtown San Diego. At the corner of 5th and K Streets, it’s convenient to Petco Ballpark, as well as the eating and shopping downtown (and next to the Hard Rock Hotel). We were pleased when Architectural Landscapes (led by Renae Wenzig) specified our lightweight pots, 3D trellis, and container irrigation systems for the upgraded terraces there. It shows how well the products across our various lines integrate together. Continue reading →
The living wall at the Singapore Institute of Technology & Education – images courtesy of Victor Tan, Elmich
I’m in Singapore right now, visiting with our partners at Elmich. Each time I visit here I’m struck by the amazing investments the country continues to pile into their infrastructure. The local joke: What’s the state bird of Singapore? A: The crane! Construction is everywhere, and it is a robust mix of public and private. It isn’t just putting up buildings, either – the investment extends to landscape, parks, and public transportation. I made a brief visit yesterday to Gardens by the Bay, which if you follow architecture or landscape architecture, you probably have heard of. It’s an amazing botanical adventure, adjoining the architectural masterpiece that is the Marina Barrage I wrote about here. Continue reading →
Some enthusiastic helpers celebrating the new living wall
We published a short blog post in November on this living wall erected last year in Minneapolis, based on a short article written for a local planning council website. After seeing the post, the editor of the Living Architecture Monthly magazine invited us to expand it to a full article. It was a great opportunity to check in with both the contractor that did the work as well as the volunteer that coordinates maintenance for the wall. The story follows below: Continue reading →
We’re looking forward to the summit, which kicks off next week. It is an entire month of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and research papers on one of our favorite topics – living architecture! Think of it as a trade show, but without actually having to go anywhere to attend. Continue reading →
It’s easy to be jealous of the publicity that Greenscaped Buildings’ projects keep getting for their work. They’ve been continuing their work with our VGM3 living wall product, most recently at the Seasons 52 restaurant in Century City. The news report below features this 100 sq. ft. living wall.
We appreciate their work, which makes us look great! We look forward to more coming up in 2013.
Double-sided VGM Modular living wall at the Sheraton Delfina, Santa Monica
We get many requests from designers that want to install double-sided VGM living walls. The Sheraton Delfina pooldeck project, designed by major hospitality design firm Dawson Design Associates, is the first opportunity we’ve had to get images of this type of installation. Dawson recently completed a “renovation & repositioning” (according to their website) of this downtown Santa Monica resort facility.
A steel-tube structure is anchored in an FRP Wilshire Collection planter