Stepping into the lushly landscaped Robinsons Galleria in Cebu, Philippines, you would never guess that the sun didn’t shine inside.
Pillars clad with artificial plants from GreenTurf, vertical gardens and cascading water features complete the soothing shopping experience for shoppers.
Through our distributing agent in The Philippines, we had the privilege of working on this project. Seeing the mall for the first time after it was completed in Dec 2015, we were wowed by the scale at which our artificial vertical gardens were used in the mall.
Every corner we turned, excited shoppers and their families were taking selfies and wefies, trying to capture themselves against the backdrop of lush interior gardens. You get the sense that they truly enjoy the space.
This is a definitely a mall that understands the cultural dynamics of the shoppers. The other thing that the mall operator understood was that there was just no room for downtime for plant maintenance. The punishing retail landscape means that the shopping experience has to be tip-top every time, all the time.
As you stroll through the mall, the greenery puts you at ease, as if you’re amongst nature. Except there’s hardly any maintenance required for the greens that adorn the walls and clad the pillars here.
Noise within the mall are also muted as the artificial plants and their attached drain cells help to absorb sound and make the shopping experience more enjoyable.
We always advocate a mix of “live” and artificial plants so as to bring nature closer to people without requiring absurd amounts of money to maintain the plants.
Our artificial vertical gardens do just that.