Butterfly Building in Dubai

Stratavault provides green surrounds for innovative Butterfly Building in Dubai

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The Butterfly Building, owned by TECOM Investments, is an exciting innovation in office developments. Consisting of two interconnected office buildings located in the heart of the Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City, this newly-completed development offers 255,000 square feet of world-class facilities and infrastructure, tailored office space, and a spacious outdoor landscape, designed by Verdaus Landscape Architects and enhanced by Citygreen’s Stratavault.

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James Palmer, Sales Manager Landscape at W T Burden, said, “The project is a commercial office building located in the heart of new Dubai in the knowledge village and internet city community. With limited green landscaping on the project, our objective was to create an area of shade and give the concrete and glass structure integration into the surroundings.

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“The main challenge on the project was to create space for tree root growth between the concrete slab below and the hard landscape above. The hardscape above also needed to be adequately supported to prevent compaction, movement, and disruption to the paving finish whilst also providing enough un-compacted soil volume for the trees to be able to grow and reach maturity.

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“Citygreen’s Stratavault was used to overcome all the issues, providing 10 cubic metres of soil volume for each of the 13 Delonix trees and enough support for the hardscape. Stratavault was a proven method for this situation and with onsite assistance from myself, the contractor – Orient Irrigation Services LLC – was able to create the tree pits very quickly and with confidence. Citygreen also offered close support throughout the project.

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“Whilst the project is still very new, the trees are growing as we would expect with the correct volume of un-compacted soil. Once the trees are established and mature they will give a real function to the external hardscape area where people can enjoy the shade whilst taking calls or having a break.”

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Laith Wark, Founding Partner of Verdaus Landscape Architects, said, “We feel confident working with Citygreen who have long-term experience in providing products for urban tree planting. When working in regions largely unfamiliar with these urban tree planting systems, back up from experienced people is essential. We design landscapes in cities with one of the hottest climates in the world, with summer temperatures touching on 50 degrees C. We see large urban trees as extremely valuable towards creating more comfortable micro-climates and extending the period where being outdoors is comfortable. There has been a surge in public realm projects with outdoor dining and recreational spaces. It is easy to understand how large urban trees creating comfortable micro-climates will translate to higher revenue for these venues.

“Great customer service, quick response times and a very in depth QA system with constant support.”

- Laura Wiesenekker, Project Engineer, Densford Civil -

“Citygreen is a very professional  business, and I found everything was great in terms of deliveries, product supply and information. It was all forthcoming and helped us to complete the project.”

- Keith Burns, Architect/Designer, Keith Burns Architect -

“Citygreen offered training and invaluable technical assistance during the works.”

- James Callan, Estimating Manager, Complex Co Pty Ltd -

“Our experience, in working with a Citygreen Design Studio was second to none. We found responses from the design studio to be very timely, and technically thorough. We went backwards and forwards a number of times, looking at different iterations of the design and, nothing was too much trouble to examine and explore different possibilities. I would highly recommend the Citygreen Design Studio to any future client considering using your services.”

- Sandra Smith, Principal Landscape Architect, City Of Monash -

“We are big on compliance on all projects, and the fact that their SmartCertify cloud platform covers all bases, and supports their 20 year warranties, is critical – especially that these pits are being installed under roadways and footpaths.”

- Johny Purkaystha, Civil Program Engineer, Central Coast Council -

"I reviewed all the previous projects that we have installed in the past couple years using your product and I can happily report back that we have 0% mortality in the soil cells, which is incredible!"

- Brendan Wilton, CEO, Trim Landscaping, Bedford, Canada -