Architecture firm Hassell is adding plant species on an adjacent rooftop of Medibank headquarters situated at 720 Bourke Street in Melbourne, Australia, to create a green facade.
The southern façade of the Cbus Property development in Docklands will feature two 20m-high planted green walls rising from the Bourke St entrance.
The 23-storey building will have a façade system featuring 520 planter boxes as part of the façade curtain wall.
Hassell said the challenges of the coastal location in the Docklands include the variety of conditions for plants on each aspect of the façade, like varying levels of exposure to light and prevailing winds.
The architecture firm’s design team is working with consultants Fytogreen to select the right mix of plant species.
Hassell said Fytogreen consultants have taken over part of the roof of the neigbouring Cbus Property building to carry out prototyping of the shortlisted six different plant species in planted test beds.
Hassell senior associate Travis Hemley said this is probably the largest façade greening project this far south of the equator.
"The plantings are an integral part of the design concept that has been embraced by both Cbus Property as the developer and Medibank as the anchor tenant," Hemley said.
"When it is finished in 2014, Medibank will move into a 6 Star Green Star building that embodies Medibank’s aspirations and values."
The first eleven levels of the headquarters are now structurally complete, with façade panels to be installed shortly.
The building’s 1,000m² park will be the main arrival point for Medibank.
After completion, the building will also feature a multi-purpose court, entertainment area and an ‘edible’ garden for Medibank’s staff.
Medibank will occupy 30,000m² while other tenants will have 16,000m² of space in the building.
Image: The building will feature a 1,000m² park, which will be the main arrival point for Medibank. Photo: Courtesy of Hassell.