The new Villa Marina Marketplace is establishing itself as the spot for dining, shopping and entertainment in Marina del Rey. The mid-century modern architecture plans called for a distinctive building design that would set the center apart as the future of retail in the area.Landscape Architects EPT Design, were asked by Callison to research living walls as a way to add some punch to the shopping center remodel (see the living wall sketched in the center of the illustration above). We worked with Scott Goodman at EPT Design to explore their options and after comparing our VGM Modular Living Wall System to other systems they recognized that the Tournesol VGM was the best fit for this project.The planting module attaches to stainless steel hanging rails, and once grown in it provides instant, complete coverage of the vertical surface. Using a broad pallet of plants gave the wall the splash of color that the architect was looking for.The general contractor on the project, Deacon Construction, contracted with Tournesol partner Instant Jungle to provide a turnkey living wall. The modules were grown in at Instant Jungle’s Santa Ana location (shown above). This is definitely one of our favorite greenwall designs with our VGM system. The wall surrounds outdoor rooftop dining and overlooks Marina del Rey from atop Marina Marketplace as part of their 419,000 square foot multi-million dollar redevelopment.Marina Marketplace is currently Registered with U.S. Green Building Council and is pursuing LEED-CS Certification on portions of the project.
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.
Oceano Warner Center is a new apartment community located in the Warner Center area of Woodland Hills, CA. Technically part of Los Angeles, Warner Center is an edge city, designed as an urban area to relieve traffic congestion in the San Fernando Valley. Oceano was built with an urban aesthetic, and designed to meet all LEED requirements. The property is gorgeous, as you can see from these pictures. Continue reading
Pitzer College, one of the Claremont Colleges located in Claremont, CA, recently completed Phase 2 of their Residential Life project. It included several different buildings, including the West Building shown above. The combination of residential, academic and social space was awarded LEED Platinum status, which makes them a leader of elite liberal arts schools with LEED recognized mixed-use buildings. Continue reading
When it comes to creativity, the designers we work with have us here at Tournesol Siteworks beat hands down. Architect Ross Andrews and Landscape Architect Jim Ridge came up with this design for a small living wall installed on a retail center in Fountain Valley, CA. Instead of viewing the modularity of the VGM system as a drawback, they leveraged the geometry to create something quite spectacular.
Installed by Matsunaga Landscape Maintenance, and grown in by our friends at Instant Jungle, this wall adds pop to an otherwise bland area. The one column reaches all the way to the ground, which allows irrigation to be run up behind it. As the wall grows in, the variation in plant material’s colors will containue to add to the effect. A great installation, and one that shows what creativity can do on a budget.
We recently received several installation shots from our friends at Instant Jungle in Santa Ana. They worked with Kevin Evernham at Fitch, a leading retail architect in Scottsdale, AZ and Burke Construction on the showroom for Fixtures Living in Costa Mesa, CA. The people at Fitch describe the showroom best:
The bungalow expansion project at the Beverly Hills Hotel started last year, but only was installed in the last month or so. You can see the previous post here (from last October!) showing the sedums growing into the Tournesol VGM modular living wall system.
The architect for the overall expansion project was Gensler, and the landscape architect (who specified the VGM wall) was Michael Hee of SWA Group of Los Angeles . The original concept and planting plans are shown below Continue reading
We were pleased to be part of the California Landscape Contractor’s Association Trophy awards dinner on Friday of last week. It is always a big event, awarding the most prestigious projects in the largest state landscape association in the country. The organizers thought that a living wall would make a great backdrop for photographing the awards winners. Continue reading
We wanted to take the chance to feature work by several of our partners in Southern California that have put up demonstration projects in Santa Ana and Rancho Cucamonga. More pictures and details after the break…