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Products by Rita Catinella Orrell These green roof and wall options not only allow building owners to visibly demonstrate a dedication to sustainability, but also provide employees and the public with cleaner air, better acoustics, and a generally more pleasant environment in which to work, live, and play.

Tournesol VGM3 Tournesol

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Tournesol’s VGM3 is a 100 percent recycled plastic planting module attached to stainless steel rails mounted to a wall or structure. Shown here surrounding a rooftop koi pond for a multifamily residential community in Singapore, the modules are available with an optional stabilized growing medium for peak plant performance. A wide variety of plants can be used in nearly any horticultural condition, and each planting module is available with a 4" or generous 8" soil profile. Stainless steel hanging brackets need no screws or fasteners, install quickly on planted modules, and allow for removal and maintenance off site. The rails carry the load and are mounted to either the wall or a framed substructure.

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Versa Wall GSky

Designed by Gensler and completed in 2011, this office building in Plano, Texas features 485 sf of GSky’s Versa Wall system designed to be the centerpiece of the building’s cafeteria. In addition to being a talking point, the green wall also provides cleaner air and a calmer environment for employees to relax in. The client wanted to have plant design flexibility, which made GSky’s Versa Wall System a natural fit for the project. GSky’s patented Versa Tray System utilizes 4" potted plants, which means plants can be easily swapped out to add seasonal accents for holidays and special events.

Interior Living Wall System Green Over Grey

According to the living wall design firm Green Over Grey, their installation in the new Desjardins building in Lévis, Canada houses the tallest interior living wall in the world. Inspired by views of the St. Lawrence River, the green wall is intended to be a tangible representation of the financial company’s commitment to sustainable development. The green wall system, made of 100 percent recycled water bottles and plastic bags, will provide employees with cleaner indoor air and better acoustics. The 15-story wall is fully hydroponic (i.e., soil-free) and incorporates more than 11,000 individual plants. The building is on track to receive LEED Gold certification after its completion in September 2014.

(Preview) Texas Architect September/October 2014: Design Awards  

The 2014 Texas Architects Design Awards jury recognized 16 projects among 221 entries as outstanding examples of design in the state. Jurors...