Plant Wires, Orpic, Oman
Client Orpic (Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company)
Main Contractor Services & Trade Company
Maintenance Contractor Planters Group
Suppliers Fertiplant, GreenFortune
The installation of this revolutionary "plant wire" system is based on hanging structures found in the rainforest. A method of suspending lush foliage in a vertical column from ceiling to floor, it provides considerable planting mass while using up a very small amount of floor space.
"The apparent simplicity of this innovative method of introducing lush greenery into a building belies the challenges presented to the contractor responsible for completing this installation, not least from Orpic’s remote desert location on the east coast of Oman and the height of the atrium from which the wires now hang. The plant wires, which are inspired by the hanging plant structures in rainforests, are secured to the ceiling and use a similar technology to living walls. Automatic irrigation and fertiliser, together with a lighting system, ensure that the plants remain healthy. This is a beautiful installation that transforms the building."