A World Tour of Living Walls

Going green is trendy. Going green is ecological. But going green sometimes gives marvelous results, living walls for example.

For those who are not (yet) familiar with Living Walls – also called Green Walls or Vertical Gardens – let’s introduce the concept. A Living Wall is a facade covered with some vegetation. Well named, isn’t it? There are slight differences whether the plants are attached to a structure or to a real wall, if it is indoor or outdoor, if the wall is entirely covered or not, which plants are used…

Nowadays the concept of Living wall is  growing all over the world: at home as an ornament, in the office for a better working atmosphere, in public spaces for a greener city, on buildings as architectural masterpieces… Let’s take a trip!

Kanagawa, Japan


“Green Cast” is a 5-floor building for private accommodation. Residents can enjoy a living wall & private gardens. The facade has been built with aluminium panels to help irrigate & ventilate the vertical garden.


French Countryside, France

French countryside

Pink roses and an old facade. This house seems to have come straight out of a fairy tale.


London, United Kingdom


This wall is part of a whole project for the Westfield shopping centre: 5,380 square feet living wall divided in 3 walls, composed of mixed planting.


Brussels, Belgium


More than a living wall, here is a living home. The balance between exotic green plants and huge windows make this home very special – and probably a really nice place to live in.


Milan, Italy


Can you believe this is a shopping centre? This is known to be one of the world’s biggest living wall (13,600 square feet covered with 44,000 plants). The Fiordaliso Rozzano’s living wall was created by Francesco Bollani in 2010. If you want to shop there, it’s next to Milan.


Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain


This living wall is both impressive and ecological. It was built with local plants to improve the Palacio de Congresos’s energy efficiency.


Seoul, South Korea

South Korea

Ann Demeulemeester’s store in Seoul is really well-known for its very own design. Indeed walls are covered both inside and outside with greenery to add as many natural elements as possible into an urban environment.


Paris, France


The living wall of Musée du Quay Branly has been imagined by the French botanist Patrick Blanc, known to be the inventor of Vertical Gardens. Next time you go to Paris, don’t forget to take a look at the museum’s living wall even if you don’t have time to go inside!


Madrid, Spain

“La Caixa” is a Social & Cultural Centre. Its living wall makes it very special. Besides, it has been designed by Patrick Blanc. With a lot of different plants, the final result is quite surprising: it looks like a giant painting.


Kotte, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka
Sadly, this tower does not exist yet. The project “Clear Point Residencies” is expected to be finished by 2016. If so, the tower will be the tallest & highest residential living wall. I’m sure it would be like a dream to live there.


Which one is your favorite? Though choice, isn’t it? Comment below if you have any preference, and don’t hesitate to share with us if you have pictures of other vertical gardens!

Oh, and by the way, if you liked this post, you might want to learn how to grow your own vertical garden (DIY tutorial).

And of course, you can share inspiration.


Pictures Credit:
Image 1: Archdaily – Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates
Image 2: Peach Girl
Image 3: Scotscape Living Walls
Image 4 & Featured image: Designrulz 
Image 5: Tuto Green 
Image 6: Urbanarbolismo 
Image 7: Renovation Planning 
Image 8: Vertical Garden Patrick Blanc
Image 9: Vertical Garden Patrick Blanc
Image 10: The Creators Project 

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