St Marks Apartments

Name of case study

St Marks Apartments


Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand




Building/single site

Area / size


NbS employed

Green / living walls (modular soil based)

Type of NbS

Hybrid living/engineered interventions; Created or constructed living ecosystem


Property developer John Harman





Design group

Patterson Associates (architect), Peddle Thorp, Natural Habitats (design and install)

Living wall – St Marks apartments. Photo by
Climate change benefits
  • Increased temperatures
  • Urban heat island effects
  • Reduced air quality
  • Biomass cover loss
Societal / socio-cultural benefits
  • Energy security
  • Human physical health and wellbeing
Ecological benefits
  • Climate regulation
  • Fixation of solar energy
  • Habitat Provision

Summary of case study

Natural Habitats recently completed New Zealand’s tallest exterior green walls for the St Mark’s luxury apartments in Remuera, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. It also earned Aotearoa New Zealand’s first Homestar Innovation Point from the New Zealand Green Building Council. The project features three green walls with more than 5000 predominantly native plants selected for their textural contrast and seasonal colour changes.

Besides enhancing visual aesthetics for residents, visitors, and neighbours, these green walls offer ecological benefits. They support increased biodiversity, provide food for bees and birds, absorb atmospheric contaminants, and produce oxygen. Additionally, the walls help mitigate the urban heat island effect, and protect the building from temperature fluctuations and UV radiation. This project prioritises liveability and community integration, with the green walls playing a key role in creating a vibrant and environmentally friendly communal space.

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