A project from August 2010 aimed to create visualizations from patient rooms at Washington Medical Center in Oakland, California. The renderings were aimed at showing how to screen views, many of which were filled with rooftop equipment which detracted from patient health and distracted viewers from beautiful distant views. By providing an intermediate vegetated bands, the project focused on distant views while screening a range or rooftop equipment, as seen in one of the early renderings below:
A follow-up to the project created a modular installation (pilot project) that could be applied to areas of the roof – and scaled as large or small as was needed. A range of different plantings allowed for variety of foliage color, texture, and provided seasonal change. The planters are ballasted with pavers, and allow for small plantings along with a range of vines, including Passion Vine, Star Jasmine, Cape Honeysuckle, Pink Bower Vine, and the wonderful bay area Bougainvillaea.
A close up of the plans and elevations show the simplicity of construction of the modular units.
Project partner Tremco Roofing recently had a preliminary array of planters installed at the Washington Medical Center, in the Joint Replacement Facility, and also the Maternity Ward windows – screening stress-inducing views and noise of rooftop mechanical equipment. Although newly planted, the potential for screening is obvious. (Photos courtesy of Liz Hart from Tremco)
A more extensive second phase is planned for more rooftop areas in the next few months.