Green Walls for a Green Future: Bringing Nature into the Urban Jungle

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Green Walls for a Green Future: Bringing Nature into the Urban Jungle

Green walls (also known as living walls or vertical gardens) have recently become a rising trend across the world. Besides the fact that they are a treat to the eyes, green walls are some great eco-friendly features for buildings. With such heavily populated cities and so many commercial buildings, it’s not a surprise that people are trying to reintegrate nature into their lives. The relationship between nature and the man-made habitat is becoming more balanced due to the improvement of sustainable building practices and ecological design thinking.

These vertical structures covered with different types of vegetation need a growth medium to root into consisting of soil, stone, or water. In general, green walls also incorporate built-in irrigation systems. With that said, let’s move on to the benefits of the living walls. The most obvious benefit is the visual one, you simply can’t ignore the aesthetically pleasing ways in which these eye-catching pieces blend in with the overall design.

office green wall behind a glass door

 

Less pollution, more happiness

As humans, we have a powerful connection to nature. Bringing natural elements into our workplace can boost our mood and make us more productive. Moreover, studies have shown that nature can reduce anxiety, stress and mental fatigue. Green walls can help improve air quality because plants filter the air by absorbing the pollutants and, of course, they produce oxygen-rich air. According to an experimental study about the impacts of the green walls, they are a valuable feature for building energy performance, as well as for urban microclimate mitigation. These walls reduce the temperature peaks during summer, while in the winter they act as insulation for the building. As a result, living walls lower the air conditioning and heating costs. They can also reduce the transmission of noise. External green walls are like a shade for the building – they offer UV radiation protection and divert water away from walls during a pouring rain.

Previously we’ve talked about the well-known GSky Plant Systems, and in the meantime, we have found another great company that produces green walls and we think it deserves your attention. Live Wall is an eco-friendly vertical garden enterprise that wants to bring a positive change in this world with one-of-a-kind applications of plants.

They provide a variety of plants such as annuals which usually have a lifespan of a year, as well as perennial plants that can face climate’s year-round challenges. Picture yourself eating your favorite fruit picking it up directly from a wall. Pretty cool, right? Live Wall offers green walls which consist of edible plants like fresh vegetables, aromatic and medicinal plants, small fruits and herbs. Also, they have a palette of succulent plants that can thrive in all climates and tropical plants, recommended for warm and humid climates.

green wall in a meeting room

A feast for the eyes – green wall masterpieces in companies

In the end, we want to delight you with 3 amazing examples of corporations that have green walls:

1.Google Office in New York

This office has an entire wall covered with leaves and plants. The main idea behind this project was to improve the quality of air and the interior design of this new office.

2. Apple Bondi Store in Sydney

Apple’s store reopened this June with a fresh look, introducing an astonishing set of floor-to-ceiling green walls. None of the other Apple Stores across the world has such a unique feature. Their Forum space is surrounded by two living walls containing 7,000 plants. These walls climb over 30 feet and are watered by a personalized irrigation system.

3. Amazon Office in Seattle

Amazon’s new corporate office is mesmerizing. The huge glass spheres were thoughtfully designed to create the vibe of the Amazon rainforest. It’s a place where employees can relax and work in a different manner, surrounded by plants. The Amazon Spheres are home to over 40,000 plants from more than 30 countries.

P.S. Don’t forget to make the Earth your 9 to 5

 


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