Plants begin to Climb at the Heinz Avenue Parking Garage


The recently completed Heinz Avenue parking garage in Berkeley California features a unique and aesthetically pleasing green facade made possible by plants climbing up a wire trellis. At the present time, the plants have not had enough time to grow up the entire height of the trellis but the progress is beginning to show, and it already looks great!

The benefits of encouraging plant growth in urban areas are not just visual. Climbing plants have been shown to reduce thermal gain on a structure, and provide a layer of noise reduction once the plants are fully grown. The Heinz Avenue Parking Garage is no exception.

To create the perfect look here, the designer chose the Easy Green system by Ronstan. The California sun will be no match for the high strength UV resistant composite stand-off units, which feature a fully adjustable clamp top for varying trellis layouts and patterns. In this case, the 14′ x 30′ walls were best suited to a 2′ x 2′ grid pattern, using 5/32″ diameter, stainless steel 7 x 7 wire. The system was easily installed by RF Stearns.


Photos by Andrew Trowbridge.

© 2015 Ronstan Tensile Architecture

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