The Reserve, Gibraltar
The Greenest Building Ever In Gibraltar – Literally!
The Reserve is set to be a unique and pioneering development in Gibraltar when it comes to delivering both aesthetic and sustainable green initiatives, as well as providing amazing views and a unique structural solution which will preserve, protect and futureproof the historic heritage water tanks that sit below the current derelict Old Casino building.
In respect of thinking green, the development will feature an area of natural habitat at roof level totalling 572sqm, populated with species characteristic of the locality and mitigating any habitat loss. Cascading plants are proposed for the roof and resort deck perimeter and various elevations of the building (such as the car park walls), with the use of species such as the Royal Dewflower (Drosanthemum speciosum), which has proven to be very successful at the recently completed Ocean Spa Plaza and will complement the superlative panoramic views to Morocco and the Bay of Gibraltar.
The East elevation, partly visible from the Gibraltar Nature Reserve is to feature substantial planting areas of Boston Ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata), with parts of the South elevation also utilising this beautiful climbing plant in addition to cascading plants, although this elevation will not generally be visible due to it being largely behind the quarried rock face of the site. The North elevation is heavily stepped in order to mitigate visual massing as much as possible and will feature arrangements of cascading plants on each level.
Significant investment is to be made into a custom-designed monorail cradle system to provide a sustainable form of maintenance access for various cascading and climbing plants on the West elevation which are to be fixed onto wires to provide vertical walls of green throughout the development, with species such as Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens), Madagascar Jasmin (Stephanotis floribunda), Lantana (Lantana viburnoides var. kisi), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Moonflower (ipomoea alba), Blue Skyflower (Thunbergia grandiflora), Star Jasmin (trachelospermum jasminoides) and Black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata), being used. Internal terrace dividing walls have even been considered within the approved proposals, with climbers including the Chocolate vine (Akebia quinate) and Clematis; The Reserve will literally be the greenest building in Gibraltar.
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