The Minto Place is the primary shopping centre in downtown Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. It’s only a few blocks from the parliament and most of the major international embassy’s, including the US embassy, the largest US government building outside of the US itself.
The architect wanted to give the wall a strong, interesting look for all building employees and visitors to enjoy. The Green Wall design from the architects was presented to GSky, featuring unique rectangular shapes filled with similar plants of different colours. The rectilinear areas incorporated stainless steel separators that framed each section like a piece of art. GSky helped select low-light plants because the atrium’s skylight did not provide much (especially in winter). The final plant selection reflected the ability to be low maintenance and conditions of the space.
The installation took place over two separate installs, one for the frames and irrigation system and the plants were put on hold until the rest of the surrounding construction dust from other trades was settled. After the dust settled and other trades moved out, we shipped and installed the panels. Because of the sitting area around the drip basin, an articulating boom lift had to be used to install the wall.
The wall is maintained using an articulating boom lift. The primary challenge with maintaining this wall is pinching back new growth that covers the edging. This has to be done approximately every four to six weeks.