Spanning from level 7 up to level 20 of the atrium area, this living wall, used approximately 13,890 plants to provide a range of benefits to the building and its occupants, the lucky inhabitants of Melbourne also have the opportunity to view the wall from a series of public retail facilities, restaurants and bars that fill the mixed-use space.
Over 16 species were used to provide a range of colours and textures, creating an amazing, lush, vista for the offices spanning the 14 levels. The indoor wall was designed to bring an aesthetic appeal to the space and allow the nature outdoors to transit within the closed space.
The 13,890 plants, a mix of natives and non-locals provide the added benefit of improved air quality, while the plants also work to reduce carbon dioxide levels and enrich oxygen levels throughout the commercial space.
The living wall also works to reduce indoor air temperature as the air the passes through and by the edges of the green wall modules is cooled by the water content of the living wall. This cooler air spreads to the lowest floor area and assists the buildings air-conditioning process. This cooling assistance feeds into the reducing of energy and CO2 as the energy system does not work as hard to cool the space.
Finally, Australia’s largest indoor living wall is reportedly acting as a fantastic noise and echo reduction process. The plants combined with Fytogreen’s hydroponic growing media reduces sound waves, creating a natural sound absorbing surface that allows the multi-use space to house a range of facilities that do not suffer from additional noise pollution.
The Collins Square green wall is reportedly thriving, and whilst the wall is valued as an ecologically sustainable green facility for the space, it also creates an impressive living landmark and healthy space for the Melbourne community.