The addition of plants into an office environment has been a growing trend in recent years as research points to the benefits of bringing the outdoors inside. At Three Ravinia, Preferred Office Properties has taken this to the next level with the “Living Wall” in the lobby of Three Ravinia, an iconic 816,748-square-foot office tower in the heart of the Central Perimeter submarket.
The four-story wall, designed by GSky, was added in 2015 during an extensive renovation of the property and is the largest green wall in an office building in the Southeast. At 48 feet by 48 feet, the wall encompasses more than 15,100 plants, which include Philodendron Cordatum, Philodendron Brazil, Neon Pothos, Marble Queen Pothos, and Schefflera Arboricola Mini Green. Surrounding the wall are additional green elements, including eight 20-foot Ficus Amstel King trees and a variety of planter boxes. In addition to adding a modern design, the plants promote wellness, add oxygen and reduce noise levels in the lobby. Three Ravinia is LEED Gold Certified and ENERGY STAR Certified.
To support the wall, an interior irrigation system was added to the building, and Foliage Design was retained to care for the wall. In 2017, the company was awarded an award from AmericanHort’s Plantscape Awards program for the installation and maintenance of the wall.
Preferred Office Properties recently completed the additional renovation work, including a new full service café, state-of-the-art fitness center, upgraded elevator banks and the addition of a new 455-space parking deck. Cushman & Wakefield leases and manages the building on behalf of Preferred Office Properties.