Westfield Warringah Mall super columns
When Scentre Group approached Tensile to assist in the creation of 14 metre-high columns of plants for their latest redevelopment at Westfield Warringah Mall in NSW, saying Tensile was excited is an understatement.
The 17 columns scattered throughout the development provide a combined surface area of approx 500 m². The approach was to provide a mix of both green facade and green wall, giving an instant impact but minimising the cost and allowing the columns to mature over time. Tensile worked closely with green wall and roof expert Fytogreen, who provided the green wall panels, plant selection and irrigation system. Being circular columns each side has its own aspect and micro-climate. The difficulty of selecting a planting palette for this is then compounded by the various built elements that further influence plant selection through shading, reflective surfaces and heat gain.
The Fyto panels are suspended on a set of 4 mm Jakob stainless steel cables and are able to be removed and replaced with ease. By hanging the system off the columns Tensile removed the need for any secondary structure allowing the panels to float in mid air. The whole column is then wrapped in a layer of Jakob Webnet mesh to provide a further substrate to the climbers that will grow out of the ground level planters and some of the Fyto panels over time. Already in the six months since installation Tensile has seen some fantastic growth rates.
This hybrid approach to a green wall and green facade provides excellent outcomes to Tensile’s clients. The benefits of a broader planting palette, mixing instant impact and sustainable growth over time while reducing the costs of a fully planted wall outweigh the old methods for designing green infrastructure. What Tensile has created here has flow on effects through the boarder built environment.
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