“Treescapers” are amazing award and prize winning innovations that developers have created in some of the high rise dense urban areas throughout the world. Some of the outstanding architecture of skyscrapers that has been appearing incorporates beautiful gardens. The occupants of the structures can enjoy nature right on their individual balconies while the gardens make the best possible use of the limited space that is available.
This unique concept of “gardens in the sky” has been designed in distinctly shaped extremely futuristic-looking buildings that are appearing as architects and designers have come up with the most unusual building shapes to be able to include these vertical garden towers in their offerings to tenants who appreciate the unusual uniqueness.
With land costs continuing to go up in major cities, this “treescaper” idea brings nature right to self-contained individual skyscraper housing units where a tree, plants, and other gardening projects are available right outside on the balcony. Reinforcement to accommodate the extra weight is provided by a concrete slab or steel.
The concept of vertical gardens in urban skyscrapers is especially desirable when there is no access to a nearby well-maintained park which has been set aside in the section of a city and where occupants can enjoy various aspects of nature and congregate with neighbors and friends.
As of January, 2018, it was reported that One Central Park Sydney, a 624-apartment residential skyscraper, has the tallest vertical garden in the world. Garden designer and botanist Patrick Blanc was in charge of the vertical gardens climbing up the walls of the two 380-feet-tall buildings. The nature-filled design is part of an “urban village” in this particular case located in a park in the city’s downtown area. This extends the park into a lush tapestry of green on the structure’s facade.
Living greenery is woven and embedded in the building’s exterior and features 190 native and 160 non-native Australian species of plants that cover over 1,200 square feet from the second to the 33rd floor, which is 50 percent of the exterior. Using natural sunlight and plants throughout cuts energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. When the sun goes down, an added feature is that the buildings are transformed into an LED light spectacle to delight the viewers.