Saturday, March 19, 2011

6 Amazing Buildings With Living Walls

1. Marche des Halles, Avignon, France
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Fabulous living wall design by Patrick Blanc, this creation illustrates that not only are urban vertical gardens ecologically beneficial but they can also prove to be highly artist creations as well. 
The ingenious design means that no soil is required and the careful selection of plants means that maintenance is kept to a minimum.

2. CaixaForum Museum, Madrid, Spain
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Amazing living wall design created by Patrick Blanc, the CaixaForum museum has become a popular tourist attraction largely thanks to this creation. 
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Approximately 15,000 plants of 250 different species were used to cover this 24 metre high wall. The juxtaposition of the old building with the vibrant and alive wall makes this a truly spectacular and memorable building.

3. Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, France
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One of the best loved vertical gardens inhabits the walls of the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris. Created by Patrick Blanc, the inventor of vertical garden systems, this living wall is simply stunning.
Not only do these types of vertical gardens improve the appearance of buildings, but they also improve air quality and lower energy consumption.

4. Ann Demeulemeester Shop, Seoul, South Korea
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Retail shops aren’t always known for their warmth or connection to nature. The Ann Demeulemeester shop in Seoul, however, features a wavy wall of green that ties the inside nicely to the outside. 
Designed and implemented by Mass Studies, a Korean architecture group, the living wall of herbaceous plants curves all the way around the outside of the building and even carries on into the store.

5. ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural, Japan
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The 100,000 square foot side of the ACROS Fukuoka building is definitely one of a kind. The 18 story building features 15 stepped terraces that can actually be climbed to the top.
The terraces are meant to promote a serene and peaceful environment in the middle of the city with lots green plants and even waterfalls and small pools to add to the calming effect of the building's extraordinary exterior.

6. SkyFarm, Toronto, Canada

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This 714 foot structure in downtown Toronto, Canada is a superb example of how living walls and vertical gardens can actually be profitable as well as beautiful. 
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The 58 story building only requires 1.32 hectares of land and yet will have 8 million square foot of agricultural space due to the vertical design of farm. It is said that the crops could yield up to $23 million in revenue per annum.
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