LivePanel: Latest News From Europe

January 12, 2018

Green Parking in Breda

Our European partner, Mobilane, have installed the final phase of plant cassettes in ‘The Barones’ parking facilities in Breda (The Netherlands).

The impressive Green wall boasts more than 10,000 plants, all sitting within our LivePanel planting system. The LivePanel is a modular system made up of plant cassettes that are placed in a leak-free channel profile made of aluminium! The foliage includes a blend of flower and evergreen foliage, with ferns, Geranium, Campanula and Bergenia.

 

“This combination of leaf and bloom gives variety and fascination for residents and visitors, all year round.”

“It’s installation is part of the bigger plan for the city, one which places the sustainability and longevity of a healthy environment firmly at its heart.”

We are so impressed by Mobilane’s installation of the LivePanel system and are incredibly happy to such an ergonomic revolution occurring now across the region!

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Indoor Plants Proven to Boost Mental Wellbeing

November 30, 2017

At The Container Connection, we have always believed that plants can boost your mood. It’s our pleasure to report that this has been proven again to be true!

 

The University of Melbourne & RMIT University have conducted new research showing how plants can make a room – and the people living inside it – healthier, both inside and out.

Having a few indoor plants can not only boost oxygen levels, which is good for all sorts of physiological reasons, but it can provide a boost to your overall mental wellbeing and mood.

So, how many plants should you have in your office, or apartment?

Based on their analysis and expert consultations they developed a rule-of-thumb that in order to remove indoor pollutants you need to have 1 medium sized plant per 2.2 square metres. So, get potting!

Read more here or via Triple J, HACK’s story

 

Green Wall News: Schools in Netherlands, German Architecture & New Products

October 30, 2017

Schools Are Falling For Vertical Green!

The positive effects of green on students in and outside schools, are not a secret anymore. Schools are falling one by one for vertical green. This also applies to this school in Babberspolder.

LivePanel, Babberspolder – Holland, Mobicare, 2017

41 meter of Mobilane Green Screen

After the bell had rung and the playground had cleared one late Friday afternoon, it was a straightforward execution and resulted in a finished living wall of 41 metres in total length. Sadly the Green Screen is not available in Australia at this stage, but we have green wall options by the plenty!

Mobilane Green Screen, Lambeth – United Kingdom, The Plantman, 2017

LivePanel Oracle Leading the way

As if the riverside experience wasn’t already stunning enough, The Oracle now boasts a glorious splash of green to shepherd its visitors to the entrance.

LivePanel, Reading – United Kingdom, Hedera Screens, 2017

For more information, visit the Mobilane website.

Watch: The Largest Greenwall in Europe – LivePanel

October 20, 2017

Leersum, 6 June 2016 – The front wall of recently opened European distribution centre in the Belgian community of Laakdal, from world’s largest manufacturer of sports shoes, is growing the largest green wall of Europe. The green wall surface consists of just under 100,000 plants spanning over 2,000 m2. The applied green wall system, LivePanel, consists of a carefully selected range of plants, including Alchemilla, Bergenia, Campanula, Geranium and Nepeta. The innovative new building of the leading sports brand is powered by fully renewable energy from solar panels, wind turbines and a geothermal system.

Watch the video and see how The Container Connection can help your business, great or small, create a stunning green wall or garden. We’re even able to build green walls which have an integrated irrigation system, so that it’s permanently self-supplied with water and food!

Exclusive to TCC in Australia and New Zealand.

LivePicture: How to build a mobile plant cassette with Mobilane

September 1, 2017

“The Mission of Mobilane is to build a greener and healthier environment”


Innovative green systems designed and engineered by Mobilane offer new and exciting possibilities for enhancing spaces, even when there is little space. Building’s walls, both interior and exterior, roof spaces, corridors and meeting spaces offer plenty of scope for adding greenery to contribute to wellbeing and a more pleasing environment. In retail, hospitality, transport, education, government, in fact in almost every sector, there are spaces where our systems are designed to add value.

Mobilane Install the LivePicture

August 30, 2017

Mobilane install the LivePicture home greenwall system:

“The Mission of Mobilane is to build a greener and healthier environment”


Innovative green systems designed and engineered by Mobilane offer new and exciting possibilities for enhancing spaces, even when there is little space. Building’s walls, both interior and exterior, roof spaces, corridors and meeting spaces offer plenty of scope for adding greenery to contribute to wellbeing and a more pleasing environment. In retail, hospitality, transport, education, government, in fact in almost every sector, there are spaces where our systems are designed to add value.

LivePicture Featured on City Line in the U.S.

August 28, 2017

Carson Arthur of City Line introduces Tracy to a truly innovative green solution, the LivePicture®. He discusses the various uses and explains how it helps with a healthier indoor environment.

Anti-Terror Infrastructure Incorporates Planters

August 25, 2017

Big concrete bollards aren’t exactly what comes to mind when thinking of beautiful urban space design, but according to this article by Universal Magazines, with the release of the Australian Government’s anti-terror deterrent for public spaces, the viability of bollards, seating, planter boxes and other public space infrastructure is taking centre stage in all major cities around Australia.

How will this work?

Anti-Terror infrastructure could incorporate using large plants in planters instead of using those big concrete bollards you’re used to seeing, totally transforming an urban area to one which is both safe and lievable. This is great news for urban space designers and architects because, if you ask us, the bollards themselves aren’t exactly friendly on the eye!

View our range of Planters

Or our outdoor furniture range

Read more about the Universal Magazine article here

 

 

Latest Outdoor Trial: ‘Live Panel’

August 15, 2017

Live Panel June 2017 Trial Data Findings:

This trial was conducted by Nerida’s Interior Plantscaping, in conjuction with The Container Connection.

The five plant varieties were chosen with the full sun position in mind. The plants generally did well
considering the extreme, north facing location with full sun. I noticed the black cassettes got quite hot and
was worried that the water reservoirs would also heat up and damage the roots that had grown down into
them. Despite this the plants coped well.

Due to the small area the plants are planted into, 7cm tubestock was used. Even with almost a couple of
months to become established before installation, the design looked a little incomplete. Establishing the
plants for 3 months would create more impact for installation.

 

Plant varieties and how they performed listed below;

1. Dwarf Pig face mesembryantheumum – established quickly & is still going strong and added some
interest when flowering. Nice hanging habit. A recommended variety for this greenwall system and an
extreme location.
2. Lomandra confertifolia – seemed to take a while to get established with a couple needing replacing not
long after installation. All are now doing well, the only sign of stress being some browning on the ends
of leaves. Another recommended variety.
3. Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’ – established quickly & did well overall. Some browning off has recently
occurred and will need cleaning up but new growth is coming through. The spilling habit and green
foliage with a bright yellow streak make this plant an attractive addition.
4. Sedum ‘Dragon’s Blood’ – was selected for its distinctive burgundy foliage but failed to take off. It never
covered up the cassette despite surviving right up until a couple of months ago. Now having mostly died
off, this variety is NOT RECOMMENDED for this greenwall system.
5. Sedum ‘Gold Mound’ – did really well covering up the cassette quickly in a tight clump. A couple of these
plants have now died off but generally still doing well. I think this variety would also work in part shade.

I would definitely use this system again, although for a location like this I would not install again without an
automatic watering system. I found the greenwall needed watering every couple of days over the summer
months. I think the plants may do better with more consistent watering that could be achieved with an automated
system.

Regular feeding with a liquid fertilizer was required to keep plants looking good. I also regularly added a
seaweed solution to help with any stress. When putting together the original design I went with a diagonal pattern. Next time I would put the plants in patches that would make changing one of the panel’s work without messing up the design.

To ‘freshen up’ this greenwall I plan to replace all of the sedum ‘dragon’s blood’ with a hardy flowering
groundcover such as Veronica penduncularis or Erigeron glaucus by planting directly into the cassettes
without removing them. If this isn’t successful perhaps some new cassettes will be needed to start over.

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One Central Park, Sydney

August 9, 2017

The story behind One Central Park starts with two artists who shared the same vision; architect Jean Nouvel, and French artist and botanist Patrick Blanc. One Central Park offered Nouvel and Blanc a canvas of an entirely new scale. Here they built an integrated experience for living in harmony with the natural world – That’s where we came in!

Our Greenwall/Low Profile Troughs

We were lucky enough to be able to showcase a huge number of The Container Connection’s Greenwalls in this design, which was achieved by building thousands of low profile troughs into the great structure you see today. These were made to incredibly high architectural standards, in order to withstand the elements and to fit in with all of the other engineering required in a high rise sustainable building such as One Central Park in Sydney. The image attached is a view of the pop up external terraces that have our purpose built low profile planters and are working incredibly well.

More on Jean Nouvel

The Parisian design star is the winner of architecture’s Nobel Prize – the Pritzker, and a host of other architectural awards. Nouvel creates unforgettable skyscrapers, opera houses, museums and universities that grace city skylines from Manhattan to Tokyo. What an honour!

“Landscape is architecture,” declares Nouvel. “Here we have created a continuity so the façades extend the park into the sky”

– Jean Nouvel