Thoughts on Napier Road Hoardingsadmin
”The big artist… keeps an eye on nature and steals her tools.” –Thomas Eakins
If you think there is no art greater than the art of nature, technically… you’re not wrong. But if it is possible to steal some tools from the greatest masterpiece, why not?
GWS introduces practical greening solutions that are incorporated into modern constructions. It is of no surprise to see more green walls springing up in modern buildings nowadays, especially with a plethora of benefits it brings along, there is no reason why anyone wouldn’t want to. But setting these temporary facades up on construction hoarding sites is something new and uncommon to many Singaporeans. In fact, cities like Germany, Taiwan and Australia have already witnessed this trend a couple of years ago. As professional urban greenery specialists, we want to bring this concept into our garden homeland and make it a point to kick-start this trend in Singapore, living up to our name of a “Garden City”.
As we all know, Singapore Botanic Gardens is selected as Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. But do you know the exhaustive planning that goes on behind the scene? One of them was to cover up the unsightly construction hoarding site situated right next to the Botanic Gardens. Before the actual grading, the construction of Napier station was well under way. The concern was that this unattractive construction would affect the final scoring of the botanic gardens, thus the way to mitigate the issue was to build green façades to tie in with the green cityscape that is desired. However, the construction hoarding site is constantly changing and expanding, and a permanent green wall would not be the answer. GWS™ Green Module System was therefore selected as our system is fuss-free and convenient. Our Hooked-on Green Module System is very flexible; it can be easily attached or detached as and when you like. The irrigation system is conveniently attached to the module system too. With this unique patented feature, the project blossomed under our belt.
We started off with an area of 40m² and as the site got larger, it is now spanning over an area of 230m². With a team of skilled and professional green wall specialists which includes landscape designers to horticulturists, we worked out a strategic green wall that essentially blocks the construction panel behind, a way to please the eyes and mind.
Then comes the fun part – designing and choosing from an array of plant species. Picking out these beauties is such a joy. Spoilt for choice, we finally settled with more than 14 species of plants, which include lantana, ixora, alternanthera, philodendron scandens, tristellateia, asystasia gangetica, etc. Then we popped these plants one by one into our patented designed pots – HGMS (Hook-On Green Module System). And voila! You get a living art piece right in front of you.
Check out the video below to see how the public think of using green wall as temporary road hoarding.
At the end of the day, we know deep down that the ultimate joy comes from the public giving us their stamp of approval and appreciation. In retrospect, every project inevitably forces the tears, sweat and blood out of each and every one of us, but you know what?
“Nothing is quite like leaving a trace to such a monumental display of the living art, where it is in the public eye and you can feel as if you are a part of many lives”
–Khais Firdaus, GWS™ General Design Manager
Fun Fact: Did you know? A total of 50 pots covers an area of 1m². As mentioned above, our green wall at Napier station spans over more than 250m². That would mean more than 12500 pots were used!