The Rittenhouse Hotel is the most prestigious Philadelphia Pennsylvania hotel address. Consistently recognized not only as the premier choice of five-diamond Philadelphia luxury hotels, The Rittenhouse is also ranked among the world´s finest places to stay.
As a world-class five star hotel, The Rittenhouse wanted to improve it’s front entrance further as there was a bare concrete wall beside the front parking area. Working with Wells Appel Landscape Architects, GSky brought Ambius into the project to install and maintain the wall through their local Philadelphia office. The plant selection is a mix of native and naturalized species of plants and is laid out in a completely abstract pattern across the wall.
The installation process took place over a full week (5 working days). The irrigation system was installed first and then the frames, panels and trim. As this was an existing building, the electrical and plumbing had to be roughed in before Ambius arrived on site to begin installation. The installation was performed using ladders.
Maintenance of the wall is performed using ladders. Because of the winter climate that Philadelphia experiences, there is an automated winterization system installed in the irrigation system where there are temperature sensors that sense when the temperature is close to freezing, they then shut down the watering schedule and open a series of drainage valves that allow the water to gravity drain out of the pipes before any pipes freeze. The reverse happens again in the spring as well, the temperature rise is detected and the water is turned on as soon as possible for the plants.