Gardening expert lists spring 2017’s balcony trends
As the spring days get warmer, a balcony becomes a room alongside other rooms again. Even a small balcony can be turned into a blooming garden with a touch of creativity and these tips about spring 2017’s balcony trends listed by our gardening expert Mats Wikström:
Planting and butterflies – construction of the rain garden in Kalasatama is progressing
Construction is under way on a rain garden in Kalastama, Helsinki, within the framework of the Smart Kalasatama project. In this blog we review the state of the project and explain how a rain garden works and why it is an especially good solution in urban conditions.
A blooming meadow in the middle of an asphalt jungle – the rain garden in Kalasatama is now completed
The rain garden built within the framework of the Smart Kalasatama project is now completed and on proud display in the schoolyard of Kalasatama primary school. “We would like residents in the area to feel like this is a rain garden for everyone,” explains gardening wizard Mats Wikström, one of the project leaders.
The Spanish joy of life is blooming at Bar Cón in Kamppi
We are delighted to have received the chance to create the green decor for Bar Cón in the new Kortteli restaurant area in the Kamppi shopping centre. Bar Cón is a lively and authentic Spanish tapas bar, which “floats” on a raft above the shopping centre.
Plant terrarium – a piece of rainforest
For plant enthusiasts like us, a pot in the corner of the office simply isn’t enough. We wanted to bring a touch of exoticism and rainforest diversity to the chilly Nordic environment. Thus the plant terrarium was born. It brings a piece of the mystic of the Amazon into every interior in a convenient package.
Welcome nature – a climate-positive urban oasis in Kalasatama
People need nature around them to feel healthy and to be happy. This is true inside as well as outside. This spring we are taking part in Smart Kalasatama’s agile piloting programme and building a thriving urban oasis in the Kalasatama district in Helsinki. We’ll create a rain garden designed to store rainwater and to return it to nature.
A nature-inspired space – case Porkkalankatu
The lobby of an office building in Porkkalankatu, Helsinki, needed a facelift. Hundreds of people pass through the space daily and the slightly drooping plants weren’t exactly improving the busy mood.
Feel the jungle – case HopLop Vantaa
In HopLop, a sporty indoors playground for families, green decor has to be sustainable, movable and it needs volume. In this long-term partnership we plan the ensemble together - palm trees, ceiling panels and silk plant panels. There can be plenty of greenery, but the plants must not be an obstacle to play. The goal is to create the feeling of a jungle indoors. HopLop Vantaa was renewed this autumn and we also wanted to consider adults and the joy of doing things together in the design.