The Ten Largest Issues Architects/ Landscape Architects Currently Face When Working On Interior Landscapes in Tall Buildings
- A successful project must incorporate an eye for detail and design, as well as a greater understanding of the current trends, issues and needs related to establishing a thriving interior landscape installation.
- There are a number of challenges interior designers are currently facing when designing interior landscapes for tall buildings, for example.
- Selecting, specifying and sourcing trees and plants to meet the clients’ expectations.
- Designing the landscape elements for the benefit of the occupants
- Understanding the indoor environment to be shared by people and plants.
- Finding what will work within the buildings spaces.
- Ensuring the available light will meet the plants needs and understanding supplementary lighting design issues.
- Designing the irrigation and drainage, cost effectively.
- Selecting the right planting media bearing in mind plant requirements and weight limitations.
- Defining a scheduled maintenance plan for the long term.
Early engagement with specialist interior landscape advisor.
Very few design teams have a specialist interior landscape advisor on staff.
Availability on an ad hoc basis can give a project a distinct commercial advantage.
Early engagement with clients and their design team is fundamental to strategy to boost effectiveness. “It’s common sense really, the earlier you engage with the client and their advisory team the earlier you can sort out any potential issues that might cause problems or delays down the line,” says Ronald Wood, Innovative Plant Technology’s director.
Innovative Plant Technology Structured Solutions – PLIMA®
To remove the uncertainties in designing, installing and managing living green plants indoors, Innovative Plant Technology has developed a structured framework, PLIMA® (Plants, Light, Irrigation, Media, Air) to manage even the most complex indoor/outdoor landscape installations, from the design stage through to completion and performance verification.
Identifying and addressing the issues in a systematic way avoids poor performance and costly replacements, ensuring healthy interior landscape performance over time.