At the crux of the design was the cafe space, which was to have a large tree built into a seating area. After careful consideration we chose to work with a Ficus natida, based on the requested look and feel for the space. The spread of the crown and shape of the trunk were both hugely important as the client wanted the tree to look mature from the offset – based on the architect’s initial renders of the space, we set about sourcing a tree that not only met the design specifications, but would thrive in the space. We searched dozens of growers in the Netherlands, working closely with the client on selection until we found the right tree for the space. The Ficus was potted in a planter on wheels, enabling it to be turned regularly to ensure equal amounts of natural light on each side of the tree. This small but important detail allows the tree’s foliage to flourish all the way around.
Additional hanging plants were added a short while after the initial installation, completely enclosing the space in abundance of greenery. We used a wide range of trailing plants with contrasting textures to create a very organic and overgrown feel, including Cissus rhombifolia, Scindapsus aureum, Lepismum cruciforme, Rhipsalis paradoxa, Senecio rowleyanus, and Tradescantia.