THE GARDEN OF THE GALERIA PÓŁNOCNA IS A SPACE UNIQUE ON A NATIONWIDE SCALE. THE GREEN ROOF, MEETING THE HIGHEST ECOLOGICAL STANDARDS, OCCUPIES ABOUT 5,000 SQUARE METERS.
For customers, the garden on the roof of the Galeria Północna, located on the 2nd floor of the gallery, is a place to relax in the open air while shopping. It also works perfectly as a space for organising extraordinary events, which the Galeria Północna is famous for. Every year, new arrangements and investments appear in the garden and its infrastructure is being gradually developed. The space planted with colourful plants, garden furniture conducive to relax in the open air, playgrounds for children, brine graduation tower, unusual murals and places to feast on meals – relaxation in the garden enchants all visitors!
The roof covered with vegetation is not only a beautiful place, but also an ecological investment in the future of the planet and welfare of the region. Its numerous advantages include the fact that it collects rainwater and thus absorbs its excess during torrential rains, reducing the risk of overloading the sewerage network. The collected rainwater is used for watering numerous plants. The plant roof also captures dust polluting the atmosphere and converts CO2 into pure oxygen, thus improving the air quality in the region. On hot days, it lowers the building’s temperature, contributing to a reduced amount of energy consumed by the air conditioning system, and also reduces the level of noise in the environment. The space full of plants gives shelter to many species of insects, butterflies and birds, which translates into improved biodiversity and a greater chance of survival of these creatures in the city.
Such gardens play an important role, especially in cities in the West, where there is not as much greenery as in the capital city. In the case of Galeria Północna, the roof garden also supports the thermal regulation of the whole facility.
BRINE GRADUATION TOWER AND OTHER ATTRACTIONS
In the garden on the roof of the Galeria Północna, there is the only brine graduation tower located in the shopping centre. The brine graduation tower is four and a half metres high and ten metres long. The wood and blackthorn structure is fed with brine imported from the spa town of Zabłocie, which has the highest concentration of iodine in the world. The microclimate spreading around the tower is reminiscent of a breath of sea breeze, and the minerals contained in it show health-promoting properties. In this part of the garden, a space has been created where customers can fully calm down and relax, inhaling the air saturated with valuable microelements or watching another water attraction. It is a water wheel having more than 2 metres. Observation of the wheel and the delicate, soothing sound of water it produces puts us in good mood. The water wheel in the garden of the Galeria Północna is made of oak wood. Like the other attractions of the garden, it has been designed for the sake of the environment. Its mechanism works in a closed circuit and is powered by rainwater.
A unique, artistic undertaking is the most recent mural with an area of 235 m², which makes it one of the largest horizontal murals in Poland. Inside the mural, on the roof of the skylight, artists placed a mysterious spring from which the water flows, and a continuation of the work is a painting located on the pavement right next to it. It presents an extremely realistic waterfall with rocks and vegetation, which gives a visual 3D effect. This picture provides a fantastic background for photos, by creating the impression that a person is among the rushing streams of the waterfall.
ENERGY FROM SUN RAYS
The green roof of Galeria Północna generates green electricity. The gallery started producing energy from renewable sources on its own. All thanks to the latest eco-investment, one of the largest in recent years. In 2022, 224 photovoltaic panels were activated on the roof of the facility. For Galeria Północna, this is an important step towards even more sustainable development, but also the rational use of natural resources and further reduction in the “carbon footprint”.