7 Great Green Walls

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October 10, 2013
Not for the feint of heart, but for the green of thumb: A living wall is a vibrant way to celebrate nature in tandem with architecture. Peek through our archives for another look at living walls and vertical gardens.
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  Botanist Patrick Blanc designed this Paris aerie for the Dimanche family. Their indoor garden wall is 20 by 23 feet, dominating the living room in the best possible way. Photo by Jessica Antola.  Photo by: Jessica Antola

    Botanist Patrick Blanc designed this Paris aerie for the Dimanche family. Their indoor garden wall is 20 by 23 feet, dominating the living room in the best possible way. Photo by Jessica Antola.

    Photo by: Jessica Antola

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  In this architect's Upper West Side co-op, the Zizmors' son plays in front of a living wall created by urban landscaper Kari Elwell Katzander of Mingo Design. Photo by Roland Bello.  Photo by: Roland Bello

    In this architect's Upper West Side co-op, the Zizmors' son plays in front of a living wall created by urban landscaper Kari Elwell Katzander of Mingo Design. Photo by Roland Bello.

    Photo by: Roland Bello

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  The garden wall in Pulltab's East Village apartment renovation frames the client's breakfast area and walnut-paneled study. Integral to the indoor green wall design is a low water trough under the garden wall, which collects runoff from the wall’s irrigation system. See the entire installation process here. Photo by Elizabeth Felicella.

    The garden wall in Pulltab's East Village apartment renovation frames the client's breakfast area and walnut-paneled study. Integral to the indoor green wall design is a low water trough under the garden wall, which collects runoff from the wall’s irrigation system. See the entire installation process here. Photo by Elizabeth Felicella.

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  Nelson Byrd Woltz's vertical garden in New York City creates a nest for its human and avian inhabitants. The perennial plants on the green wall were plotted out as a piece of verdant abstract art, and edibles, like strawberry, thyme, and rosemary, are planted within children’s reach. Photo by Eric Piasecki.  Photo by: Eric Piasecki

    Nelson Byrd Woltz's vertical garden in New York City creates a nest for its human and avian inhabitants. The perennial plants on the green wall were plotted out as a piece of verdant abstract art, and edibles, like strawberry, thyme, and rosemary, are planted within children’s reach. Photo by Eric Piasecki.

    Photo by: Eric Piasecki

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  At 86 feet long, the vertical garden at Bay Meadow's Welcome Center is one of the largest in the Bay Area.

    At 86 feet long, the vertical garden at Bay Meadow's Welcome Center is one of the largest in the Bay Area.

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  Far from pandering to the whine of youth, this urban play garden fosters thoughtful interaction in a protected setting within the bustle of San Francisco. Concrete slopes are hemmed in by vertical garden walls.Photo by Marion Brenner.

    Far from pandering to the whine of youth, this urban play garden fosters thoughtful interaction in a protected setting within the bustle of San Francisco. Concrete slopes are hemmed in by vertical garden walls.

    Photo by Marion Brenner.

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  Stacked concrete forms, developed by architects David Barragán and Jose Maria Sáez and used as planters along the front facade, offer privacy and integrate the building with the site in Quito, Ecuador. Photo by João Canziani  Photo by: João CanzianiCourtesy of: Joao Canziani

    Stacked concrete forms, developed by architects David Barragán and Jose Maria Sáez and used as planters along the front facade, offer privacy and integrate the building with the site in Quito, Ecuador. Photo by João Canziani

    Photo by: João Canziani

    Courtesy of: Joao Canziani

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