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March 25, 2013
Why limit our oxygen-releasing flora friends to the indoors when you can flank them on buildings of all proportions, thanks to the highly-skilled hands of a botanist? Take a step outside to see six amazing living walls from Portugal to London.
Van Gogh tribute living wall in Trafalgar Square London
In 2011, The National Gallery, London honored the Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh with this living wall selectively covered with over 8,000 plants of 24 different varieties to recreate the artist's painting, A Wheatfield, with Cypresses, which was shown in Trafalgar Square in central London. Via The National Gallery.
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Living wall facade in Lisbon Portugal
No need for any home fresheners—apparently the sweet, earthy aroma from the over 4,500 plants and counting living wall façade of this mysterious home in Lisbon, Portugal makes its way indoors. Via No Ordinary Homes.
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CaixaForum Madrid living wall by Patrick Blanc
Outside the CaixaForum Madrid in Madrid, Spain designed by Swiss ar­chi­tects Herzog & de Meuron, botanist Patrick Blanc's four stories high vertical garden with over 15,000 plants from over 250 species not only provides a visual marvel to its visitors, but shades them from the blistering sun. Via RIVA SAN VITALE fall 2012.
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Living wall in Copenhagen Denmark
To raise awareness about biodiversity in cities and the benefits it delivers, the EEA façade, overlooking one of the most prominent squares of Copenhagen, Denmark, gets shielded with a vertical garden (shaped like a map of the European continent!) which uses a mesh pattern, similar to a cross-stich pattern, that fills in dirt and various flowers. Via WalkOnWaterOrDrown.
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Musée du quai Branly living wall
Back for his debut: Patrick Blanc's sublime living wall on the Jean Nouvel-designed Musée du quai Branly in Paris, France. Via LadyLimoges.
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Athenaeum Hotel London living wall
London's Athenaeum Hotel near Hyde Park features a side living wall designed by well, you guessed it, Patrick Blanc. (Pin).
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Van Gogh tribute living wall in Trafalgar Square London
In 2011, The National Gallery, London honored the Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh with this living wall selectively covered with over 8,000 plants of 24 different varieties to recreate the artist's painting, A Wheatfield, with Cypresses, which was shown in Trafalgar Square in central London. Via The National Gallery.

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