A 26-storey tower in the US city that will feature 40,000 plants is estimated to capture 1,600 pounds of carbon dioxide annually.
Real estate firm Rastegar Property Company has announced plans to build what it claims will be North America’s tallest living wall in a mixed retail and residential development in Dallas.
The firm aims to improve local air quality by using more than 40,000 plants, which are estimated to capture over 1,600 pounds of carbon dioxide and produce 1,200 pounds of oxygen annually.
The 26-storey, 270-residential condominium tower development is located at 1899 McKinney in Dallas. The site was previously occupied by a building that housed an office furniture showroom and a nightclub.
Josh Eadie, vice president of real estate at Rastegar, told SmartCitiesWorld that the company went through the official city process for a zoning change on the site and received unanimous approval from the planning commission and unanimous approval from Dallas City council.
Ari Rastegar, founder and chief executive officer of Rastegar, explained that the project is very personal. “Because I was raised in Dallas and my wife Kellie and I have always had a dream of being part of the Dallas skyline in a way that enhances quality of life for its residents and the surrounding community,” he said
He continued: “Our shared vision and objective behind this project will bring something new to the Dallas real estate scene that will positively impact the community, increase walkability, and bring more green space to the corridor.”
The 1899 McKinney development is located across the street from the Union mixed-use complex. The building has been designed by Chicago-based architect Solomon Cordwell Buenz and plans show a contoured glass tower with heavily landscaped balconies.
“"We wanted to help champion the sustainability goals of the city and create an example that other forward-thinking cities can follow.”
The living wall is being created by specialist company Zauben, also based in Chicago, which combines green products and nature with Internet of Things (IoT) sensor technology to monitor plant care.
"We thought about how living walls can positively influence the city of Dallas," said Zach Smith, CEO of Zauben. "We wanted to help champion the sustainability goals of the city and create an example that other forward-thinking cities can follow.
“Rastegar is offering a fresh perspective on how developers can grapple with some of the most urgent environmental issues, including air quality and carbon emissions.”
He added that for large exteriors, the company designs with evergreens and arborvitae as they perform well over the seasons and even in the most extreme climates. “For our final renderings, our design team is pulling inspiration from the natural Texas landscape to create a one-of-a-kind immersive experience for the residences. We’re also planning to source the plants from local nurseries,” said Smith.
Inside, Eadie explained that the property will have best in class finishes and amenities, both in common areas and the units. “We are still in the schematic design phase, but technology focused-access and communication will be another selling point for the property in addition to the green elements,” he said.
“Our shared vision and objective behind this project will bring something new to the Dallas real estate scene that will positively impact the community, increase walkability, and bring more green space to the corridor.”
There will also be a pocket park that will be maintained by Rastegar on McKinney Avenue and the building’s parking will be a wholly underground garage.
Among partners in the project are Kristaps Porzingis of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team and his family who are committed to the long-term health and economic growth of the Dallas community.
He said: “Our partnership with Rastegar facilitates our interest in high-growth areas within the cities we care about and shining a spotlight on sustainability efforts to make our communities cleaner and better places to live.”
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