A Vertical Garden That Actually Lives Up To The Term

Barcelona vertical garden photoFair Companies/Video screen capture

When Alex reported on a new vertical garden in Spain's San Vicente, it prompted Lloyd to issue a Jargon Watch clarification on living walls, vertical farms and green facades—ultimately suggesting that the term "vertical garden" might need to be retired.

And yet it keeps cropping up.

Here's an impressive looking project in Barcelona, Spain, where architect Juli Capella was hired by the city to create a "vertical garden" to cover a 70-foot-high, windowless wall.

Barcelona vertical garden photoFair Companies/Video screen capture

Rather than opt for the much celebrated "living wall" concept, Capella chose to build a simple, prefabricated scaffolding structure with planters for walls. A system that allows access via the support system to change out dead plants, make repairs to the watering system, or simply enjoy the view.

barcelona vertical garden 3 photoFair Companies/Video screen capture

It is, in many ways, as close to an actual vertical garden as you are going to get. In that it's simply a whole bunch of garden planters stacked vertically on a staircase, as far as I can tell. And it looks awesome.

The added benefit, of course, is that it provides habitat for birds, bees and insects' provides shade for the building; and filters the urban air for pollution.

Not bad, whatever you choose to call it.

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