Camana Bay will soon see the completion of its newest Class A office building, One Nexus Way, located next to its sister building, 18 Forum Lane.
Separating the two buildings will be a new courtyard, one that will become the largest in Camana Bay.
Heliconia Court will feature an abundance of outdoor seating to facilitate dining, relaxing and a comfortable and casual outdoor meeting space. It will be, for all intents and purposes, an outdoor room.
As is the case with the other courtyards in Camana Bay, Heliconia Court gets its name from flora that is predominately featured in the courtyard, in this case the colourful tropical plant Heliconia sp., commonly known as “lobster claws.”
Heliconia can brighten any landscape with its hot colours, ranging from pink, orange, red, yellow, purple and even green to match its foliage. There are nearly 200 species of Heliconia, which are native to the tropical Americas. This plant is very architecturally pleasing with its upright form and glossy green leaves that sway gently in the breeze.
The colourful portions of the plant are actually bracts that contain its tiny flowers — purposely kept hidden to attract only specialised pollinators like small birds. These bracts make excellent cut flowers in arrangements. Their unique shape, colour and longevity make these plants highly sought after.
Heliconia prefer partly shady locations and require a fair amount of water and food to remain healthy. For this reason, it is very important to choose a soil with good amounts of organic materials, and good water-holding capacity. The use of mulch on the soil surface can also help with water retention and fight back nuisance weeds.
Similar to other mixed-use spaces at Camana Bay, Heliconia Court aims to tie together intricate parts of architecture and horticulture to create a truly unique space.