The Living green walls are panels of plants, grown vertically using hydroponics, on structures that can be either free-standing or attached to walls. Living green walls are also referred to as vertical gardens, green walls, living walls or ecowalls.
When and where was the living green wall invented?


This amazing idea for living green walls was first patented by Stanley Hart White in 1938, however it is Patrick Blanc’s name that resounds through the industry. After creating one of the most famous green walls at the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, he was designated the godfather of the ‘vegetal wall’, sparking a revolution in sustainable architecture. 


As the concrete jungles expand around the globe and pollution increases, the application of living green walls are a asset to help create balance between men and forests. Incorporating carefully chosen selections of plants into cutting edge design, living green walls have been devised to help restore the natural balance.

Benefits of Vertical Gardens

Vertical Gardens offer economic, environmental and physiological benefits:
Building Profile & Beautification
Air Quality

Biodiversity & Habitat

Acoustic Buffering

Biophilic Design and Our Health

Green walls are organized into panel and tray systems or freestanding walls, meaning there is a wall suitable for any space.

Panel systems, like Sage and Prowall, have plants pre-grown into the panels and can be used inside or out, and in any climate.

VersaWall is a tray system, which is popular for indoor displays. Plants are pre-grown off-site and inserted into the wall, which offers a great degree of versatility that can be exploited to cover entire surfaces or designed as living art.

Freestanding walls are most commonly used indoors and are most easily changed, either by changing the location or changing the plants.




A recent study into the effectiveness of green infrastructure for improving air quality in urban street canons (the gaps between large buildings), found living green walls can have a big impact. These gaps are hotspots for harmful pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter, but living green walls have been shown to reduce levels by 40% and 60% respectively.

Plants have long been used to reduce noise levels on freeways and other noisy roadways across North America and Europe. Living green walls expand on this idea. Vegetation naturally blocks high frequency sounds while the supporting structure can help to diminish low-frequency noise.

Exterior living walls give buildings protection, not just from temperature fluctuations but also by diverting water away from walls during heavy rain and providing protection from UV radiation.


Where Vertical Gardens are Used

Living walls are exceptionally versatile. They can be attached to virtually any vertical structure, old or new. They can also be free-standing space dividers, providing beauty, sound-proofing and security. Typical uses include:

Exteriors + Interiors

Retail + Office Environments

Residential Projects

Industrial Buildings

Tennis Courts and Golf Courses

Stadiums and Arenas

Hotels and Restaurants

Schools and Hospitals

Highway Improvements

Parking Structures

Living Tapestrys on Walls

Fencing

Roof Top Gardens

Creating Enclosures

Security

Privacy Screening

Graffiti Protection

First Vertical Forests to Be Planted in Nanjing

A group of Italian architects is set to construct the first vertical forest in Nanjing.

Images courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

The vertical forest design was an innovation of an Italian architecture firm, Stefano Boeri Architetti. The Nanjing Green Towers are two multi-rise buildings that will be constructed in the Pukuo District.

Boeri made similar designs in Milan, Italy, and Lausanne, Switzerland.

Vertical forests are buildings that are designed to house thousands of trees and shrubs on the structures’ exterior. The design that was made for the Nanjing Green Towers will have trees on the buildings’ uppermost deck.
The Nanjing Green Towers will be completed by 2018. Future projects will be implemented in other Chinese cities such as Shijiazhuang, Liuzhou, Guizhou, Shanghai and Chongqing.

The eco-friendly project set in Guizhou will be a forest hotel located in 400 acres of rolling hills. The hotel will have a gym, a lounge, bar, a restaurant and a VIP area.

Stefano Boeri Architetti is bringing the vertical forest concept popularized in Milan to Nanjing, China with the Nanjing Towers. The two green towers could provide the city with a breath of fresh air, producing around 132 pounds of oxygen every day as they absorb carbon dioxide. They’ll accomplish this air-cleaning feat with 1,100 flourishing trees from 23 local species and 2,500 cascading shrubs and plants.


Images courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

The two towers at 656 feet and 354 feet tall will rise above the Nanjing Pukou District, which Stefano Boeri Architetti’s press release describes as an area that will likely lead modernization efforts in the south of China’s Jiangsu province and help develop a Yangtze River economic zone. Nanjing Yang Zi State-owned Investment Group Company Limited is promoting the towers and is listed by Stefano Boeri Architetti as an investor in the project.


The taller tower will hold offices, a museum, a green architecture school, and a rooftop club. The second tower will host a 247-room Hyatt hotel and rooftop swimming pool. A podium 65 feet high will include shops, restaurants, and a conference hall. Balconies on the buildings will allow inhabitants to get up close to the nature thriving on the building facades.

600 tall trees and 500 medium-sized trees will grow on the towers, and Stefano Boeri Architetti says the trees and cascading plants will help regenerate biodiversity in the area.




Aston Martin Residences has released a new set of renderings for their building whose design was inspired by an Aston Martin DB11. They are making it clear that this partnership is in fact a complete partnership, not just a licensing agreement.


The interiors of the building will have the same lighting scheme, design and feel of the interiors of their signature hand-made car. 

The same jeweler who places the Aston Martin logo on the hood of the cars will be the jeweler who places the unit numbers on the residence doors. 




G&G purchased the Vulcan, one of 24 in the world, and will keep it in the three-story sales center. Other features include a custom-made carbon fiber desk, leather door handles and Eames chairs. Aston Martin will have its hands on everything from the leather stitching to “how we design the ramp that goes up to the parking,” Marek Reichman, executive vice president and chief creative officer of Aston Martin, said. The development team declined to provide a buildout cost for the sales center.

Units range from $600,000 to $50 million for the penthouse, and from 700 square feet to 19,000 square feet.


About the Vulcan Fastest Car ever Built by Aston Martin


* I have to confess Aston Martin is my Ultimame dream car of all time! 🚗❤️💃🏻🌹

Deposit Payment Schedule 

​10% at the time of Contract 

10% at Groundbreaking – Fall 2017   

10% at the time of Completion of Foundation – Fall 2018   

10% Pedestal Complete – Spring 2019   

10% Top off – Fall 2020   

50% Balance at the time of closing – 2022

 The Address: 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way,Miami, FL 33131

The Prices: Residences from $500,000 to $7,000,000 Penthouses from $14,000,000 to $35,000,000 Triplex PH with private pools

The Maintanence: $0.85 per sq.ft.

The Delivery: Early 2022

The Floors: 66Total apartments: 391

Residences:1-5 bedroom Residences, Duplexes, and Penthouses: Sizes: 700 – 19,000 sq.ft. / 65 – 1,770 M2

Architect: BMA & Revuelta Architecture

Developer: G & G Business Developments LLC

Interior Designer: BMA

Adriana Sassoon Design  & Team !

One of our New Units on the Market! Building Dreams One Step at a Time.



 This sun-filled 2 bed, 3 bath condo is jaw-dropping. The architectural details throughout this condo really make it a signature Brickstone Development home. The stylish kitchen features custom cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a wine cooler with a built-in wine rack. The exquisite details continue with coffered ceilings and wainscoting throughout the kitchen and living area. The living area extends into the large finished basement complete with a full bathroom and a wet bar, including a 2nd wine cooler! The unit has 2 zones of Central Air and Heat controlled by a programable thermostats, new electrical, new plumbing, a huge PRIVATE YARD with a patio. There’s even 2 parking spaces! Located on the edge of Magoun Square, this condo is a dream! YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS IT!
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For SALE 

LUXURY PENTHOUSE CONDO IN SOMERVILLE!



 Filled with architectural detailing and luxury features, this sun-filled 2 bed, 2 bath condo has it all! The gourmet kitchen is a chef’s dream featuring custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, including a Bertazzoni professional range, and a large island complete with a wine cooler and custom shelving. 

Wainscoting and coffered ceilings contribute to this unit’s sophisticated feel. 

Cozy up to the decorative gas fireplace and have peace of mind by purchasing a beautiful condo that has been completely updated. The unit has Central Air and Heat, new electrical, new plumbing, new siding and a new roof a complete gut renovation from top to bottom. 

Twiggy by Leonard (hair cut pixie cut circa 1966 source: Getty collage by Adriana Sassoon)

Tribute to two Hairdressers that help shape the industry:

The 1966 hair appointment made by Twiggy’s agent at the House of Leonard salon in Mayfair was to become one of the most iconic cuts ever. 

Mr Leonard himself, who at the time had Vidal Sassoon and his signature five-point cut hot on his hairdressing heels, wanted to practice a new shorter, extreme crop on this new model, offering to pay for the model’s next shoot in return.

Leonard took eight hours, first dying the teenager’s hair blonde and then cutting the crop into Twiggy’s hair. It made her doe eyes bigger, her doll face more heart shaped – it also made her career.

Mia Farrow receiving her iconic pixie hair cut from Vidal Sassoon for “Rosemary’s Baby. Vidal Sassoon flew in from London in 1967 to give long, blond haired waifish star Mia Farrow her pixie cut for Roman Polanski’s big movie, Rosemary’s Baby. In the film, when asked about her short-short cut, Farrow’s character said, “It’s Vidal Sassoon. 

Exceptional renovation and restoration of a Victorian. 

For SALE

$3,680,000

252 Franklin St, Newton, MA

 7 Beds 8 Baths  1 Partial Bath  8,025 Sq. Ft.



Thoughtfully planned constructed e decorated by Sassoon Development and designed by Adriana Sassoon.



This 14 room home offers the ease of modern living with classic details and over the top features and finishes. 


Grand parlor with fireplace, Music room, living room, formal dining room w/ butlers pantry w/ floor to ceiling cabinetry. 


The heart of the home is the kitchen/ family room which is a “WOW”

Highlighted by a gas fireplace surrounded by stone, custom cabinetry, cesaer stone countertops, bakers pantry w/ Miele expresso machine, 2nd dishwasher and 2nd oven.

 The 2nd floor has 4 en suite bedrooms including the dreamy master suite complete with 2 walk-in closets, luxurious 4 piece master bath and a Juliet balcony.



 

The bonus 3rd floor includes: an in-law suite and 2 additional en-suite bedrooms. 

Lower level media room and playroom. 

Level grassy yard for playing shielded by mature trees with stone fire pit. 

Fabulous mudroom attached to a 2 car garage. 

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Maurice Alter founded property giant Pacific Group in 1979, with his son Sam now running the business. In the 1950s Alter began investing in commercial estate in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, eventually developing a number of shopping centres. With investments primarily across Victoria and South Australia, Pacific Group have invested an estimated $400 million towards the major renovations in Werribee Plaza and Pacific Epping in Melbourne.⭐️

Waterfront Key Biscayne spec home hits the market for $12M 

SOLD! 

A modern, two-story home in Key Biscayne is on the market for $12 million with a slated delivery date of next year. 


1080 Mariner Dr,Key Biscayne, FL 33149

6 beds 6.5 baths 6,215 sqf


This magnificent 6 bed 6.5 bath modern waterfront home features leading-edge architecture & amazing views of historical Cape Florida. Features include spacious open floor plan, high ceilings, imported oak flooring, Italian floor-to-ceiling doors, Delta lighting, Boffi bathrooms, & Bulthaup kitchen. Enjoy the sunsets from this gorgeous terrace and knife edge pool! 

Baths: 6 full, 1 half
Lot: 0.3 acres

Single Family

Built in 2015

13 days on Zillow

Views since listing: 1,133

All time views: 3,657

11 shoppers saved this home

Cooling: Central

Last sold: Apr 2012 for $4,100,000

Price/sqft: $1,931

MLS #: A10072460

Will be ready Spring 2017

Listing agent Alina de la Vega of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty told The Real Deal that the home is being built for the owner, but that the owner is willing to sell for the right offer. She declined to disclose the owner’s identity, but property records show 1080 Mariner LLC paid $4.1 million for the 12,900-square-foot lot in 2012. Before that, the owner rented the home that was formerly on the property for $15,000 a month. 

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ZERO ENERGY

 

Project Location: ENGLISH RESIDENCE ,Orleans, Massachusetts

Client: Professional couple based in Washington, DC, near retirement, how regularly host extended family

Services Provided by Firm: Architecture, Construction Admin., Energy Modeling, HVAC Design, LEED Consulting

Summary: This original design is a modern, green home, designed for the client’s vacation property to replace a seasonal residence that was originally built in 1958.

The new construction 2000 SF, 3 bedroom, 2 bath home features a roof deck, outdoor kitchen, and green roof. The Energy Star-rated home also received a LEED for Homes GOLD certification from the US Green Building Council.

The Design Challenge: The design challenge was to replace the original building with one that reflected the client’s modern sensibilities, embodied the client’s

environmental philosophy, and provided modern-day amenities for the client’s planned retirement and full-time relocation to the property. The following design solutions were developed:

Modern Design for a Retirement Retreat: The home’s modern exterior is composed of three forms delineated by both geometry and material. The first floor consists of the Red box, which features the kitchen, living room, breakfast nook, and the Orange Box, which features the first floor bedrooms and full bath. The second floor Cedar Box houses the master suite and study. The Cedar Box’s cantilevered placement over the orange box and its roofline optimally shade southern windows (read more about window shading below).The relationship between the orange and red forms allows for a front entry that leads directly to the lake front deck. This well-traveled path is delineated in stone for additional durability while the rest of the living spaces featurebamboo flooring. The site’s autumnal color palette inspired the vibrant red and orange façade colors while the Cape Cod location influenced the shiplapped cedar siding.

Environment and Energy: The client’s environmental philosophy is reflected in design’s commitment to energy efficiency. The high performance building envelope consists of spray foam insulation and rigid insulation, which provides a tight wall free of thermal bridging. Further, the home is designed for passive solar heating: the Cedar Box’s roof overhang shades southern glass from unwanted heat gains from the high summer sun, but admits warming rays from the lower winter sun. The south-facing windows in the Red Box are shaded by mature deciduous trees that provide shade in the summer and sun in the winter when their leaves have fallen.The home’s HVAC system provides exceptional performance with a high efficiency condensing boiler and radiant floor heating. Indoor air quality is maintained with an allergen filtration system and a heat recovery ventilator, which provides fresh air but minimizes energy losses by exchanging heat between incoming and outgoing air streams. Finally, the home’s photovoltaic panels offset one-third of the home’s electricity use. These efforts yielded a score of 39 on Energy Star’s HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Index, which means the home uses 60% less energy than a code-built equivalent home.

Indoor/Outdoor Living: The client’s expressed love of the site to sit outdoors in and bird watch provoked two outdoor living spaces—a covered patio on the first floor and a second floor roof deck. The patio is an extension of the living room and dining room, both of which connect via large glass sliders.

The second floor roof deck features a roof garden built to provide green vegetation at eye level when seated, an outdoor kitchen and grill, and unobstructed views of the surrounding tree tops for bird watching.

Universal Design for Retirement Living: Though the client plans to use the master suite upon retirement, the home’s first floor bedrooms and ADA bathroom are well-suited for accessibility as the client ages.

Sustainable Materials: The home features many sustainable materials including bamboo flooring, recycled tile, quartz countertops, fiber-cement and cedar siding, FSC-certified decking, reclaimed decking, and low-VOC paints.

Stephanie Horowitz and Ben Uyeda designed together for  ZeroEnergy Designs   www.zeroenergy.com 

Stephanie Horowitz and Ben Uyeda wanted to embrace the simple forms and open floor plans of modern architecture  using color and texture to make spaces that feel warm and inviting.  Modern design can seem a bit rigid and cold at times.  On the exterior of the buildings used “green” designs features such as a living roof and photovoltaic panels not to just make the home more environmentally friendly but also to add color and texture. A choice of bold colors for the Fiber cement siding and thus celebrated a normally understated but durable and highly affordable material. The clean lines of the interior spaces frame furniture from a variety of different eras.  This is not the largest or most luxurious home the Team  has designed. Uyeda is proud for the green features integration into a inviting and economically attainable home.