Be inspired by these record breaking and ground breaking living walls from around the world
In preparation for International Green Wall Day on Monday February 15th, we are sharing seven record breaking and ground breaking living walls from around the world. To join the celebration please share your work and opinions on living walls on social media using the hashtag #GreenWallDay.
#1 The Largest indoor wall in the Southern Hemisphere
… Surely one of the world’s most adaptable and beautiful walls.
The Calyx at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Australia.
Total area: 464sqm. Length: 51m. Height: 6m. Plants: 18,000 plants.
System: GSky Plant Systems Inc.
Design: Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney.
Installation: TPR GROUP.
Description: This magnificent display adorns the interior walls of the new Calyx education centre at the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney. The 6 meters high walls include more than 18,000 plants, fed by five irrigation systems and 2,000 drippers.
Highlight: This is not a fixed display. The staff regularly change the entire display with a new design/theme. This is enabled by GSky’s system which uses potted plants rather than planted ones. Watch the video, it’s inspirational.
#2 The largest green wall project in North America
… Also one of the most sustainable walls worldwide.
Mountains & Trees, Waves & Pebbles
Total area: 942sqm. Plants: 50,000.
System/Installation: Green over Grey.
Description: This pair of green walls on either side of an overpass over a busy road at Guildford Shopping Centre, in Surrey, Canada, were built without needing to close the highway. The design is inspired by the British Columbian countryside.
The highlight: Excellent environmental/sustainability credentials. 100% of materials are recycled. The wall contains 120 different native and locally adapted plant species making this one of the most biologically diverse in North America, as well as providing food for local birds and pollinators. The walls are expected to soak up as much carbon as 47 trees. Watch the time-lapse video.
#3 The world’s most extravagant vertical garden
Antilia, Mumbai, India
Total area: unknown
Architect: Perkins and Will
Description: Antilia is the second most expensive home in the world (after Buckingham Palace) and home to Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani and his family. The building is 173 metres tall, but contains just 27 stories and every imaginable luxury. Estimates for the cost of the entire building are around US$2 billion – we can only speculate on the cost of the living walls and landscaping.
A lot of the rear façade of the building is adorned with a patchwork of green walls as are some of the front façades. Several levels have been landscaped with gardens and lawns. The claim that this is the world’s tallest living wall is debatable due to the piecemeal nature of the greenery.
Lowlight: The expense and decadence of this residence, in a country with high poverty, along with some questions over the legality of the land purchase make this property the subject of some controversy.
#4 The world’s largest green wall.
… Probably the most extreme environment for a living wall also.
Khalifa Avenue, Qatar
Total area: 7,000sqm. Currently believed to be the world record holder.
System: ANS Living Wall System.
Installation: Nakheel Landscapes.
Description: The project clothed the sloping sides of a major elevated road interchange in lush greenery.
Highlight: The sheer size of this project is mind-blowing. But also consider the planning that goes into a wall in a country where temperatures often reach 50ºC, making plant choice and irrigation a huge challenge. Is this also the most extreme place for a living wall?
#5 The largest green wall project in Asia
Singapore Institute of Technical Education
Height: 35m. Total area: 5,300sqm
System: Elmich VersiWall
Description: Living walls were installed on the facades of eight blocks of Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education, fulfilling the college’s Vertical Greening Eco-Initiative to become both more environmentally friendly and offer a more conducive learning environment.
Highlight: The size is impressive, but more so the beauty and the continuity of the project that includes both indoor and outdoor living walls.
#6 The tallest living wall in the Americas
… arguably the tallest living wall in the world.
Height: 92m. Total area: 288sqm.
System: Paisajismo Urbano
Description: This thin and tall living wall, on a residential block in Columbia, is arguably the tallest continuous green wall in the world. Antilia in Mumbai is a taller building, but is not a single living wall.
Highlight: The height of this wall creates an extreme environment that requires a careful selection native and non-native plants that can survive at in an exposed vertical locations.
#7 Europe’s largest green wall (expected)
Citicape, London, UK
Total area: 3,700sqm.
Architects: Sheppard Robson.
Developer: Dominvs Group.
Description: Upon completion this is expected to be the largest green wall in Europe.
Highlight: The architects claim Citicape will capture eight tonnes of carbon and produce six tonnes of oxygen per year. This means it is predicted to exceed the ‘urban greening factor’ set by the London Authority for a building of its size by over 45 times.