A condominium estate manager's nightmare

A green wall turned brown...

I’m of course referring to green walls.

It was a problem no condominium estate manager or residents wanted to deal with.  A green wall turned brown.

Green wall turned brown

Green wall turned brown

How it started

In the beginning, the green walls were lush and welcoming. However, with Singapore’s relentless heat and sometimes prolonged torrential rainfalls, the live green walls had no chance of surviving without extremely costly care and replacement.

Dead plants on green wall

Dead plants on green wall

The problems

Leaves started turning yellow, then brown, and then they started dropping. Sweeping up all the dead leaves as a full-time job. Plants at the lower part of the green wall could easily be trimmed or replaced. But those on top were a different problem altogether.

The green walls were around eighteen metres in height. To put that in perspective, even Spiderman may have needed some help scaling it. Due to the limited space, boom lifts couldn’t be used to access the top of the green walls to replace or trim any dead plants. This meant that any time the green walls were to be replaced or maintained, they had to erect scaffolding to do so. Imagine how prohibitive the costs of maintaining those live green walls were.

Bare wall exposing green wall structure

Bare wall exposing green wall structure

And then there was the smell. The same was that a whiff of perfume or scent can attract you to someone or something, a nasty smell can be like a continued assault on your senses and well-being. That’s why places like ION Orchard spend so much on having a signature scent for their space. You may have just stepped out of Orchard MRT, but you’ll know when you’ve crossed over to ION when that lovely scent hits you.

In other words, the live green walls didn’t thrive there, and they added no benefits to the residents at that point.

Artificial vertical garden

Artificial vertical garden

How GreenTurf helped

It’s a well-known fact that human beings gravitate towards nature and being in nature or being surrounded by nature puts people in a better mood. The term of having an affinity for nature is called “Biophilia”.

The residence committee got to know of our work and contacted us to explore ways to bring the green walls back to their full glory without spending a ton on maintaining them afterwards. In line with our personal beliefs to complement nature and not waste resources, we proposed to replace the dead green walls that were taking up so much resources to maintain with artificial vertical gardens. As for the surrounding foliage, we encouraged them to keep their live greens that can be easily maintained without any scaffolding.

In order to right the mood of the residents, we worked with the condominium to turn the withered green walls back into lush walls of green. The artificial foliage that we used are artfully arranged into different designs at different levels of the condo.

Condominium with artificial vertical garden

Condominium with artificial vertical garden

The condominium was able to upkeep the live shrubs and plants at ground level easily. Together with the artificial vertical gardens, they can now easily upkeep the lush green living environment that the residents wanted. This is exactly the way we envisioned our artificial vertical gardens being used – in conjunction with live plants.

BBQ area of condominium featuring live plants and artificial green wall

BBQ area of condominium featuring live plants and artificial green wall

We’re really glad that our artificial vertical garden solutions have helped to improve the living conditions of the residents and solved a headache for the condominium residents.