Dilijan International School
UWC Dilijan represents an exciting extension of the UWC (United World College) movement into the Caucasus region at the junction of Asia and Europe, halfway between Yerevan and Tbilisi, the capitals of Armenia and Georgia. An international co-educational boarding school, UWC Dilijan has an international body of students from over 40 different countries and the curriculum is taught in English. Our living walls take us all over Europe and Asia and we were particularly honoured with our commission for the Dilijan International School; intended to be instrumental in urban and social development for the area.
The exterior green walls we installed are the first living walls in Armenia. And this was no way our first step into new territory for our client; instead they requested 1500m² of planted walls in various shapes and sizes, all over the college campus. As with most of our living walls, we researched species native to the region of planting which would survive readily in a low-maintenance modular installation. And as well as being an important ecological and learning tool for pupils at the school, it was an economic boost to the region. We employed local labour in this traditionally poor area to help with the installation of our walls and, aided by the schoolchildren, to handpick plants from the nearby woodlands and mountainsides with which to populate the walls they’d assembled. Once the design had been completed, all the modules were planted up at a local nursery prior to being delivered to site. This ensured that all plants had the chance to acclimatise before they were installed onto the vertical walls of the college! Working with a whole team of landscapers, builders and casual labourers, ANS Global pulled the whole project together through to completion by the end of June 2014.
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We are extremely pleased with everything, right from the initial meeting and design concept, through to the tender stage and construction. Everyone from the entire team remained totally committed to see the great project through to completion