Canadian indoor vertical garden is world’s tallest

A several storeys tall indoor living wall was recently completed in Quebec City.

The vertical garden, which was created by a company known as Green Over Gray, is a lush strip of greenery 65 metres high. This makes it the tallest living wall in the world.

As well as being pleasant to look at, the flora performs the valuable function of improving the air quality inside the Desjardins building, which is the headquarters of an insurance company.

The living wall, known as “The Currents”, has been sculpted using over 11,000 living plants from 42 species. A natural feature located nearby, the St. Lawrence River, inspired the wall’s design. Swirling colours in the planting scheme are used to represent eddying water currents, with hues that include cream, yellow, green, purple and crimson.

An atrium filled with light houses the unusual garden, which thrives without the use of soil. Special hydroponic panels were constructed to hold the plants, made out of recycled plastic that would otherwise have ended up in landfill sites. In all, 1.5 tonnes of plastic bags and bottles were utilised in the wall’s creation. Plants were chosen for the project that would naturally thrive in vertical settings, such as on the sides of waterfalls or tree branches.

On the Wirral, living walls are yet to make an appearance, but the area is known for its amazing green spaces, with 15 parks having received Green Flag awards in recent years. For those who would like to incorporate more greenery into building projects, architects on the Wirral with experience in sustainable design should be able to advise.

Posted by Adam Lloyd
May 15, 2014
New Buildings

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