Floating Vertical Garden
These vegetated surfaces don’t just look pretty. They have other benefits as well, including cooling city blocks, reducing loud noises, and improving a building’s energy efficiency.What’s more, a recent modeling study shows that green walls can potentially reduce large amounts of air pollution in what’s called a “street canyon,” or the corridor between tall buildings.
For the study, Thomas Pugh, a biogeochemist at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, and his colleagues created a computer model of a green wall with generic vegetation in a Western European city. Then they recorded chemical reactions based on a variety of factors, such as wind speed and building placement.
The simulation revealed a clear pattern: A green wall in a street canyon trapped or absorbed large amounts of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter—both pollutants harmful to people, said Pugh. Compared with reducing emissions from cars, little attention has been focused on how to trap or take up more of the pollutants, added Pugh, whose study was published last year in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
That’s why the green-wall study is “putting forward an alternative solution that might allow [governments] to improve air quality in these problem hot spots,” he said.Compared with reducing emissions from cars, little attention has been focused on how to trap or take up more of the pollutants, added Pugh, whose study was published last year in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
That’s why the green-wall study is “putting forward an alternative solution that might allow [governments] to improve air quality in these problem hot spots,” he said.
The vertical garden mural at Rotterdam Stadskantoor (a municipal office building in the Netherlands), was created with hundreds of recycled plastic pots, defined in the form of a tree with branches across the facade of the building. The pots were filled with seasonal plants so that they would grow upward along the wall, and disguise the building during the two-year renovation process.
Water was funneled to the plants from tanks on the rooftop where the designers installed a rainwater capture-system, to keep the garden well irrigated during construction.
Team: Marco Zaccara, Césare Peeren, Pedro Maicas, of 2012Architecten.
Succulents and Surfboard - vertical garden on a Rat Surfboard by Bacchus’ Garden, Del Mar, California.
Vertical gardening in bricks.
California Academy of Science, Rainforest Garden and Vertical Garden.
Includes succulents on a wall….
and hanging orchids.
Plant Wall: Zizmor House, Upper West Side, NY.
Free-standing DIY Vertical Garden Window Boxes - also acts as privacy screen. More here.
A stunning design structure.
Instead of the traditional waiting shed, designers from Iosa Ghini Associati have created the South Face, a shade-like architectural installation made of insulated modular walls that face the south. The wall is composed of hollow panels that are made from eco-cement and quarry substrates. These components are known to have the ability to accommodate thick, lush foliage, and because of this, the eco-façade forms a vertical garden that is responsible for absorbing carbon dioxide and eventually uses it to insulate the façade’s enclosed environment. The South Face has inviting built-in seating areas wherein passersby are invited and encouraged stop by and relax.
via i green spot