Jakob cables and fittings from Tensile have been used extensively throughout the MFO Park in Zurich, Switzerland to provide strength, flexibility and longevity for green facades.
Unlike conventional public parks that feature grass and trees dominated by hard surfaces, the MFO Park in Zurich sets a precedent for urban parks around the globe with the design responding directly to its urban context through verticality.
Designed by Burckhardt + Partner AG and Raderschall Landschaftsarchitekten AG, the park creates a series of volumes through the use of two main structural solutions, which provide the vertical extension for the planting rising up to six storeys.
People visiting the space can climb the main structure sides using stairs to reach platforms and sundecks that provide views down into the open space and allow visitors to spend time connecting with nature through the wall of greenery.
Jakob cables play an important role by separating the vegetation from the main structural elements and walkways to prevent any impact upon its integrity. Conveying the impression of an old factory frame being reclaimed by nature with the vines defining space and view lines within an open plan, the cables and fittings will be consumed by the vines over time but will continue to perform their role for decades to come.