Australia’s largest Breathing Wall was unveiled on Friday 13 October at 485 La Trobe Street in Melbourne. At 88sqm, the large-scale Breathing Wall sets an aspirational benchmark for incorporating living infrastructure in our cities.
The Junglefy Breathing Wall was officially opened by Scott Mosely from Australian Prime Property Fund Commercial, Lendlease and Deputy Lord Mayor from the City of Melbourne, Arron Wood who said, “The refurbishment at 485 La Trobe St demonstrates Lendlease’s ability to reposition an asset with sustainability as the first principle, guiding positive changes to improve working conditions, health, and wellbeing for the occupants here.”
The Breathing Wall at La Trobe Street is the second Breathing Wall undertaken by Lendlease who are industry-leaders with the inclusion of living infrastructure in all their new developments. Arron Wood said of the leadership shown by Lendlease, “I applaud Lendlease for their vision and initiative and sincerely hope we see more of these Junglefy Breathing Walls take centre stage in more buildings.”
The Junglefy Breathing Wall was developed to provide a more efficient, scalable and flexible means of introducing plants into buildings as a solution to poor indoor air quality and to improve the health and wellbeing of occupants. The Breathing Wall is a multi-award winning product and has been recognised for its design and commitment to sustainability through the Good Design Awards and Sydney Design Awards.
The uptake of living infrastructure has been strong in Melbourne and has been bolstered by Government incentives such as the Urban Forest Fund and the Rooftop Project. Projects like the Breathing Wall at 485 La Trobe Street provide proof of the triple payoff by providing a more comfortable and healthy place to live and work, biophilic properties to enhance wellbeing and a strong return on investment for building owners and operators.
Russ Hogan, Junglefy’s Victorian State Manager commented, “it was fantastic to be involved in this project and hearing the response from people who attended the opening was a highlight. It’s a well-known fact that people living in cities are losing their connection to nature and I am proud to be playing a role in bringing more plants into the city of Melbourne and giving people an opportunity to re-connect with nature and experience the power of plants”.