West Broadway Mixed-Use Development
A dynamic planted facade system creates a new vibrant addition to the streetscape. Built from perforated metal, the planter boxes are integrated with the building facades and provide many sustainable benefits. During the summer and winter solstice, the planters perform as a passive solar shades for the residential units reducing the heating/cooling demand of the building's mechanical systems. The planting is all low-maintenance foliage and uses rain water and natural condensation to water the plants without the use of the building's irrigation systems. All rainwater leaders are concealed within the building facade. The metal planter elements are carefully positioned so that each unit receives passing shading benefits, a privacy divider between their neighbours, and has a view out onto the planting.