Bohem, a new apartment complex under construction in Adelaide, has had its first tree planted in what will be the city’s largest vertical garden.
The $110 million 21-storey apartment complex is located on the corner of Wright and Morphett Street. When it’s completed, it will be home to 234 apartments.
News Corp reports that the vertical garden will feature more than 2000 plants, all supplied by Heyne’s Wholesale Nursery, a fifth-generation SA family business.
The first tree is a crepe myrtle biloxi which was planted on level six of the building last Friday morning.
“There’s a lot of talk about making the city of Adelaide carbon neutral and obviously green life is an integral part of that,” said Carl Heyne who is leading Bohem’s vertical garden project. “Not only do they serve an ornamental purpose; often softening formal hardscaping or giving background to the outlook from living areas but they can also serve very important functional purposes.”
Enzo Caroscio, the architect behind Bohem, says that the building “stands as meeting point between the serenity of the parklands and the vibrancy of the city.”
“We wanted the build components to match their environment and the character of the surrounding area. There are plantings in the vaulted lobby and more extending to seven storeys.”
Earlier this year, the Adelaide City Council launched the Green City Grant Program, a program which grants up to $10,000 in matched funding for adding greenery to the city.
Grants start at $500 for residents and $1,000 for businesses and building owners and are for greening projects that are visible from the street or public place.
Bohem is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed early next year.