Vertical architectural gardening.
December 8, 2006 10:44 PM   Subscribe

Vertical gardening in architecture. Gorgeous walls and other vertical architectural features covered in lush, growing greenery.
posted by loquacious (12 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Wow...this is incredible, especially considering the whole thing is planned to be pretty self sufficient.

*I* want some organic wallpaper!
posted by niles at 10:59 PM on December 8, 2006

SO awesome!! Thanks, loq! Plenty of photos, and yet I still wish there were more, it's just amazing looking stuff.
posted by jonson at 11:02 PM on December 8, 2006

posted by growabrain at 12:08 AM on December 9, 2006

Very, very cool.
posted by maxwelton at 1:08 AM on December 9, 2006

See also Plantwall, which is available in Europe, N. America, and Japan from Green Fortune, a Swedish design company.
posted by rob511 at 2:49 AM on December 9, 2006

posted by BrotherCaine at 3:41 AM on December 9, 2006

So cool!

But how much water does it use?
posted by thirteenkiller at 5:57 AM on December 9, 2006

That is cool, and I too wonder how much water is necessary. I also wonder what the impact is on the underlying stonework. Instinct tells me they cover everything with a very thick plastic first but the article leads me to think otherwise.
posted by furtive at 6:52 AM on December 9, 2006

furtive, your instinct is correct. From the article:

The Vertical Garden is composed of three parts: a metal frame, a PVC layer and felt. The metal frame is hung on a wall or can be self-standing. It provides an air layer acting as a very efficient thermic and phonic isolation system. A 1cm thick PVC sheet is then riveted on the metal frame. This layer brings rigidity to the whole structure and makes it waterproof. After that comes a felt layer made of polyamide that is stapled on the PVC. This felt is corrosion-resistant and its high capillarity allows a homogeneous water distribution. The roots are now growing on this felt.
posted by atrazine at 7:55 AM on December 9, 2006

It's like wallpaper from the 1970's come to life!
posted by blue_beetle at 8:23 AM on December 9, 2006

These things cost a fortune, although I suppose you can try to cheap your way out. I estimated an indoor one of these for one of my projects recently (I'm a quantity surveyor). It was fairly large but still cost $1,500 per sq metre, over and above what the substrate cost. Versus $250-$350 for a green roof.
posted by jamesonandwater at 9:14 AM on December 9, 2006

It is awesome, but I doubt the net enviromental impact of keeping all those plants alive is positive.
posted by Arcaz Ino at 10:59 AM on December 9, 2006

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