Living Walls

A green wall is a wall, either free-standing or part of a building, that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and, in some cases, soil or an inorganic growing medium. The green wall was invented by Stanley Hart White at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1931-38. White holds the first known patent for a green wall, or vertical garden, conceptualizing this new garden type as a solution to the problem of modern garden design. There are two main categories of green walls: green façades and living walls. Green façades are made up of climbing plants either growing directly on a wall or, more recently, specially designed supporting structures. The plant shoot system grows up the side of the building while being rooted in the ground. With a living wall the modular panels are often made of stainless steel containers, geotextiles, irrigation systems, a growing medium and vegetation.
Over the last couple of years, living walls have been popping everywhere. Most often they are found in urban environments where the plants reduce overall temperatures of the building. Living walls are particularly suitable for cities, as they allow good use of available vertical surface areas. They are also suitable in arid areas, as the circulating water on a vertical wall is less likely to evaporate than in horizontal gardens. via Wikipedia

Green Side-wall
Architects: Capella Garcia Arquitectura
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Year of the project: 2009 Completion: March 2011
Photography: Capella Garcia Arquitectura via domus Stacking Green
Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Co., ltd.
Location: Saigon, Vietnam
Photography: Hiroyuki Oki via freshome

Tower Flower
Architects: Edouard François
Location: Paris, France
Photography: Edouard François via archdaily

Musée du quai Branly
Architects:  Jean Nouvel
Design of the wall: 
Patrick Blanc
Location: Paris, France
via stylepark

Green Cast
Architects: Kengo Kuma and associates
Location: Odawara-shi, Kanagawa prefecture in Japan
via Kengo Kuma and associates

7 responses

  1. Oh, these photos are just amazing! What a great idea. I am an avid gardener living on twelve acres of land mostly forested but I would love to see some of this in the nearest city: Tallahassee, Florida. There are lots of trees in the city and surrounding country side but this would certainly make it better! Thank you, great post!


    08/07/2012 at 12:41 PMJul

    • Thank you, I am glad you like it 🙂


      10/07/2012 at 12:41 AMJul

  2. LOVE 🙂


    08/07/2012 at 12:41 PMJul

  3. Wow, that is a Trip

    Nice Post



    11/07/2012 at 12:41 PMJul

  4. This is excellent! Living walls are starting to pop up all over the place. There is so much vertical space, in cities especially, that can be vegetated to provide tons of benefits!


    11/07/2012 at 12:41 PMJul

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