The Hilton Hotel in Kingston, just outside London, has always prided itself on providing guests with a 5-star service. But as part of a revamp of the site, it was decided that the ugly air-conditioning units simply had to be disguised to give the clients something much nicer to look at from their window.
The brief for this project was to hide the air-conditioning units in the inner courtyard of the hotel, in which premium rooms looked directly out on to air-conditioning units that were 3.5m high and really noisy when running. Vistafolia® was asked to design a wall that was at least 4m high to obscure the view, but also allow access for maintenance of the machinery.
As part of the project, the team designed a timber-framed structure which was clad with Vistafolia® Panels, adding additional foliage from our Colour and Texture Boxes to create larger drifts of grasses and foliage with a small smash of color from some delicate light green and yellow flowers. The green wall privacy screen also provided an acoustic benefit, as it lowered the noise level of the air-conditioning units and significantly raised the asking price of the rooms.
Above all, the wall had to look attractive all year round to create a calming and tranquil view from the hotel bedrooms and corridors. Instead of being less-attractive rooms with an unsightly view, these are now premium rooms looking out on to a beautiful artificial green wall. This designed solution could never had been achieved with real plants due to the site location, weight, maintenance and above all cost, and overall resulted in a better-looking wall than could ever have been achieved with real plants.
Finally, the fire certification held by the panels meant that they were perfectly safe to be installed and met with all the building fire regulations. Safety is of paramount importance to not just this client, but all our customers across the globe and for that reason, Vistafolia are fully committed to ensuring that our replica green walls not only look amazing, but conform to the strictest regulations on the market.