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Applebee's Harlem: Living Wall & Green Roof

New York, NY  

A living green wall and exterior roof plantings for Applebee’s East Harlem flagship "green" restaurant.


Opening in 2012, this Applebee’s at 117th St. in East Harlem was the company's flagship "green" restaurant, achieving LEED Gold accreditation. The scope of work for this project included:

  • Interior Living Wall in the Main Dining Room

  • Exterior Green Roof Custom Planters & Plantings


Alison Duncan Design worked closely with the interior designer and various consultants, fabricators, and product/plant suppliers to coordinate the design and costing for each feature. The Exterior Green Roof includes three large caliper trees planted in large raised planters, powder-coated red to match Applebee’s branding.


The 10' x 24' Interior Living Wall is constructed of five different plant species depicting an apple, the company's logo, with a backdrop of plantings representational of fields and urban farming. The living wall is encased in a frame of salvaged wood from the New York Dock Company warehouses in Brooklyn.


Design Team

Alison Duncan Design with Gate 3 Design

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