Green Walls are Growing Inside and Outside in London

TreeHugger loves green walls--they are beautiful, environmental and good for nature and the world. Suddenly they are popping out all over in London.

The American store Anthropologie just opened and they have installed a 3 storey high, 1500 sq. ft. living wall made of 14,000 plants and 15 varieties. Designed by BioTecture, it is meant to represent a piece of plaid woven fabric.

It is an evergreen wall: no dead leaves needed whilst shopping. It includes many houseplants such as the homely spider plant, ferns, lilies, euonymus and heuchera. Pink leaves and tiny purple flowers give it texture and colour. It is fed by rain water from the roof. As for the lighting, it must be partially artificial. What a wonderful addition to a department store.

How do they do it? "Plants are grown vertically in our patented modular, hydroponic-fed system. Each BioWall consists of a number of pre-grown modular panels that can be erected with very little on-site time."

Then there's the outside wall. Growing on a corner of the Atheneum Hotel, a not very imposing 70's building, this one was designed by Patrick Leblanc. He is the famous creator of vertical walls who did the one outside the Quai Branly Museum in Paris.

It's such a hit that this wall has its own Facebook entry. It is 8 storeys high and has native plants and flowers as well as an assortment of Urticaccae--nettles--grown in Japan and India and planted here because the humid microclimate is the perfect spot for them.

How does he do it? "A system of slats is used to secure artificial felt and myriads of strategically placed plant roots, with automated watering and fertilisation. It's nothing short of botanical architecture."

Tags: Architects | Gardening | Green Building | London

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