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Living Walls: Growing in Popularity

October 27, 2009

Pardon the title, and what I’m about to say, but it seems that living walls are sprouting up all over the design world.

Anthropologie just opened its doors for the first time in Europe, on London’s Regent Street. With a huge three floor space, there is no shortage of visual pleasures to take in, but one that stands out is the 1,500 sq foot living wall. The diversity of plants are irrigated by rainwater, collected from the roof – how cool is that? And the design of plants visually mimics all the colors and textiles present in Anthropologie’s collection of clothes and home goods. Check out these photos taken by Susannah Conway for decor8:

living wall 3As I flipped through October’s issue of Metropolitan Home, I came across another living wall in London, at the Athenaeum Hotel. The eight-story wall designed by Patrick Blanc is composed of 260 different types of plants. The Athenaeum says they created it in part to echo the nearby Green Park, but that it is mostly fun. Fun, visually stimulating and good for the environment? No wonder we are seeing more and more living walls both on the interior and exterior of buildings.

athenaeum hotel london living wallImage via Metropolitan Home

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