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Outside In Blog

The Greenwall Reinvented

Posted by Ryan McQuerry on Mar 8, 2019 1:38:41 PM

34 Sale St | Victoria Park

This unique building required an equally individual greenwall, adapted to fit into an outstanding feature of the 24 Sale St building: a light-shaft which lets natural light into the third and fourth floors of the building.

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Topics: Vertical Gardens, Indoor Plants

The Upside to Troughs

Posted by Ryan McQuerry on Feb 8, 2019 12:27:04 PM

Office greenery has evolved from a token plant in the corner to becoming an integral and creative part of a functioning architectural space. Plant troughs are a unique product that not only look great but can be a simple yet inexpensive design solution with the power to transform an interior.

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Topics: Vertical Gardens, Indoor Plants

The Sheraton's New Urban Oasis

Posted by Ryan McQuerry on Jan 16, 2019 3:23:50 PM

Four Points by Sheraton | Auckland CBD

Working closely with the architect as the plans were laid down for the newly renovated Four Points by Sheraton meant that plants were an integral part of this exciting new hotel.

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Topics: Vertical Gardens, Indoor Plants

A Wintergarden Wonderland

Posted by Ryan McQuerry on Dec 12, 2018 1:13:27 PM

Rawhiti Estate Lifestyle Village | Remuera, Auckland

Right now we're all about one of the latest trends in architecture – integrated planting: designing objects, facades, furniture and materials to incorporate plants and greenery.

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Topics: Vertical Gardens, Indoor Plants

A state-of-the-art workplace: Vodafone’s new home

Posted by Ryan McQuerry on Nov 21, 2018 1:55:14 PM

When Vodafone made the decision to depart the CBD and establish a single Auckland home on the North Shore they had a vision for the building to be a showcase for workplaces of the future.

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The Power of Preserved Moss

Posted by Ryan McQuerry on Oct 18, 2018 1:06:53 PM

Are Preserved Moss & Plant Green Walls REAL?

We’re always asked if the moss is real. The answer is yes but, it’s not living. This is due to the moss having been preserved by a process of heat treating and submersion in a mineral salt solution. This permanently suspends any further decay or drying out yet, amazingly moss retains its natural air filtering abilities. 

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Topics: Plant Walls, Vertical Gardens

NZ: Pure or polluted

Posted by Ryan McQuerry on Sep 19, 2018 1:38:08 PM

New Zealand has long marketed itself internationally as "100 percent pure" and tourists flock here after seeing stunning images of lakes, mountains, beaches and native bush.

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The [Hopefully Clean] Air We Breathe

Posted by Ryan McQuerry on Sep 19, 2018 1:31:36 PM


How much time do you spend inside? New research1 shows that city dwellers spend 90% of their time indoors, either at home, in the office or in vehicles. All this time spent indoors raises the question of indoor air quality and how that’s affecting our health.

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Topics: Wellbeing, toxins, air purification, benefits of indoor plants, air purification, air pollution, plant hire, Indoor Plants

Sssshhh...The Secret Benefits of Moss

Posted by Ryan McQuerry on May 10, 2018 7:42:13 PM

Did you know that plants have amazing acoustic properties? Research has shown that indoor plants are effective in absorbing sound at higher frequencies (roughly 2000Hz +) which are more annoying than lower-frequency sounds, especially in spaces with a lot of hard surfaces.

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Topics: Plant Walls

The 'It' Plant

Posted by Ryan McQuerry on May 10, 2018 7:13:20 PM

The Calathea is a plant that goes beyond green. Its variegated leaf patterns, stripes and colours have earned it the title ‘queen of patterned plants’, and according to Pinterest, saves for ‘patterned plants’ are up over 500%.

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