Disney, Starbucks and us

It is always fun to work on a unique one-of-a-kind project, and what better place than in the land “where dreams come true” – Disneyland! This past August, the Disney Corporation proudly announced that Starbucks would be opening a location in the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort.

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The client wanted something unique at their location, which is sure to be one of the busiest spots in the “downtown.” Architects Orange and LandStudio 360 with David Ling, were tasked to bring that unique element to this specific Starbucks store, and Tournesol Siteworks was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to also be a player in this high profile installation.

The designer, David, and grower, Greg from Instant Jungle conceived of a green wall that would create a visually interesting, but, yet, relaxing space to the store. Our VGM system was the perfect solution. At the heart of this living wall product is a recycled plastic planting module attached to stainless steel hanging rods.

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In this case the vertical hanging rails were mounted onto horizontal uni-strut framing. The framing, attached to the tube-steel substructure, allows for flexibility when aligning the hanging rail. Each planting module is available with a generous 4″ soil profile which allows for healthier plants and lower maintenance. The modules are shipped to the job site already grown-in at Instant Jungle’s nursery for approx. 3 months. Instant Jungle also pre-assembles irrigation emitters and tubing into the module, so it can quickly be attached to the main irrigation system once hung on the rails.

IMAG0415The modules and rails can be installed on any type of structurally sound wall, although we’ve been seeing a lot of these types of installations lately.  The modules can easily be removed to change plants or get at the substructure at a later point in time.

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Completed in just a few days, the wall is ready for the grand opening!

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We enjoyed working with Starbucks and Disney, two companies known for providing their guests with an excellent experience, and we are thrilled to be part of the “magical” atmosphere in the Downtown Disney District.

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Re-Envisioned Marketplace

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.
MMP-New-Environment1Landscape 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.
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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. 
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The general contractor on the project, Deacon Constructioncontracted 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.
Villa Marina left sideMarina Marketplace is currently Registered with U.S. Green Building Council and is pursuing LEED-CS Certification on portions of the project. 

Sheraton Delfina – Double-sided VGM living wall

Double-sided VGM Modular living wall at the Sheraton Delfina, Santa Monica

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

A steel-tube structure is anchored in an FRP Wilshire Collection planter

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Living Wall at Oceano Warner Center Apartments, Woodland Hills, CA

VGM3 Living Wall at Oceano Warner Center

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

VGM Living Wall at Pitzer College, Claremont, CA

West wall of the West Hall – Pitzer Residential Life Project Phase II – Photo courtesy of Pitzer College

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

Unique VGM wall in Southern California

Cool VGM living wall installation uses the boxes' modularity

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.

 

Fixtures Living – an interior greenwall in a game-changing retail environment in Costa Mesa, CA

The Fixtures Living showroom in Costa Mesa, CA

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:

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Beverly Hills Hotel Bungalow Expansion Living Wall (at installation)

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.

Installation photos courtesy of Paul Hansen of Pierre Sprinkler

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California Landscape Contractor’s Assoc. Trophy Awards Dinner – Temporary TerraScreen

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

First Look: VGM Grow-in for the Beverly Hills Hotel Living Wall

Grow-in for the VGM wall going into the Bevery Hills Hotel

We were excited to be chosen as the manufacturer for the living wall going into the Beverly Hills Hotel, the prestigious private hotel in the heart of Beverly Hills.  SWA Group of Los Angeles specified the wall, made up predominantly of sedum plantings. More after the jump…

The Beverly Hills Hotel is considered one of the finest in the world!

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