The Canopy is a multipurpose civic square in Lane Cove, NSW developed by the Lane Cove Council as an inclusive community precinct. Featuring a village green with performance stage, playground, retail precinct with supermarkets and an ample underground car park, the precinct has been designed by Scott Carver Architects with sustainable innovations to create a valuable community asset for both residents and visitors.

The Canopy’s strong connection to nature continues from the village green through to the shopping plaza where a large green wall is featured underneath the overhead reflective solar arbour. Completed in 2020, the green wall introduces 608 plants across just 19 square metres, providing cleaner air, cooler temperature and noise reduction in addition to biophilic and biodiversity benefits.

Plant species used in the green wall include Convolvulus cneorum, Euryops pectinatus ‘Little Sunray’, Strobilanthes anisophyllus (Goldfussia), Westringia fruticosa ‘Jervis Gem’, Dipladenia sanceri ‘Red Riding Hood’, Epipremnum aureum, Neomerica gracilis, Spathiphyllum ‘Petite’, Philodendron Hope and Schefflera aboricola.

Junglefy constructed the green wall with intelligent sensors and irrigation. Junglefy continues to provide ongoing maintenance of The Canopy to keep the plants in perfect health.

Key innovation

Junglefy has developed extensive knowledge on plant species that thrive in urban environments, drawn from their years of experience in creating living infrastructure. One of Junglefy’s important innovations is a unique growing medium that stores more water than most soils, helping provide superior resilience for plants against the harsh summer conditions.

Image credits: Images by Scott Carver, Lane Cove Council, John Ferres, Andrew Walsh, supplied with permission by Scott Carver and Lane Cove Council.