Sourced from the Living Architecture Monitor
Big development projects in dense urban areas bring big challenges, especially in historic areas of a major city. Local residents and business owners often have concerns about how the scope and style of a project might affect the character of their neighborhood. There are rules and regulations to follow. Novak Construction faced these challenges in the re-development of the historic Ashland-Belmont-Lincoln intersection in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, where they constructed a building for a new 75,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market store. A LiveWall green wall proved to be important for helping Whole Foods’ new Midwest flagship location fit into the neighborhood.
“The living wall represents what Whole Foods is all about: organic, natural, and intimately tied to the neighborhoods we serve. It complements both the new landscaping added outside the store as well as the area’s existing landscape,” said Nick Aholec, construction project manager, Midwest Support Office, Whole Foods Market.
The 10-foot high green wall totals 4,740 square feet, and is divided into three sections. The north section is 251 feet long, the south section is 179 feet long, and the west section is 44 feet in length. The LiveWall system’s modular planters, which are high-impact, UV-resistant, architectural quality moldings, were manufactured in a custom brown color to harmonize with the building’s exterior. Based on analysis of the anticipated patterns of sun and shade on the different sides of the building, a customized plant selection was developed for each section from a palette of seven different perennials. In total, the green wall contains more than 5,000 plants.