Green walls and vertical gardens are slowly making their way up the ladder, becoming more popular by the day. Architects are constantly learning how to make nature a part of their designs and they come up with all sorts of extraordinary ideas and concepts. Some of the projects we’ll show you have already been fulfilled and are currently enjoyed while others are still concepts waiting to become reality. They’re all magnificent and very inspiring and hopefully they’ll give you some ideas regarding your own home or community. Get ready to be mesmerized.
Atlas Hotel Hoian preserves the magical charm of the once peaceful Old Town in Quang Nam, Vietnam. The area received the title of World Heritage Site and this started a chain reaction which transformed the Old Town area into a tourist attraction, causing most of the old houses to be converted into shops and restaurants and some of the buildings to become hotels. The area is known for its beautiful roof gardens and interior courtyards and the Atlas Hotel completes the image with its wonderful balcony gardens. It was a project by Vo Trong Nghia Architects.
There are quite a few plans for building amazing green buildings with majestic gardens. One of them is the Sky Villa project by Penda. It’s the second stage of the Magic Breeze project. The plans are for a series of stacked villa to be built in Hyderabad, India. The villas would have terrace gardens on each level and they’d take the green gardens above tree canopies.
There’s also a plan to build the world’s tallest residential vertical garden. It’s a project developed by Milroy Perera Associates in collaboration with Maga Engineering for the area of Rajagiriya in Sri Lanka. The structure will be a tower of 164 apartments organized on 46 floors and it will have a self-sustaining watering system.
SPARK also came up with a concept which blends retirement housing and urban farming. The project was named Home Farm and it will integrate vertical gardens and rooftop planting areas designed to provide the residents with fresh herbs and vegetables. The idea is unusual and very intriguing. Growing green vegetables on building facades and rooftops is not exactly common and the project could attract a lot of attention.
The Mountain Hotel is a concept envisioned by Stefano Boeri Architetti. It will house 250 rooms and it will be covered in greenery from top to bottom. The design is inspired by nature and the idea behind it is to actually help improve air quality around the building. The hotel will be built in Guizhou, China.
It looks like a giant pile of rocks or, from a distance, like a cactus made of individual layers. It is, in fact, a building. It’s a concept designed by UCX Architects, meant to be built in Rotterdam. The architects come from Texas, a region populated by diverse species of cacti. The structure will house 98 residential units and will be structured on 19 floors, each with its own suspended gardens on terraces.
French architect Edouard Francois also came up with an interesting design for a tower covered with plants. The project is cammed Tour Vegetale de Nantes and it will be populated with plants that are adapted to thrive in rocky crevices. They will grow inside stainless steel tubes which will be a part of the balconies. The plants showcased in this way will come from the local botanical gardens.
The plans proposed by landscape studio Gustafson Porter for the new development in Singapore’s Marina Bay are quite impressive. The idea is to create tiered gardens and waterfalls as part of a series of four towers linked by a courtyard. It will be a mixed-use complex along the waterfront in the financial district of the city. The building designs were conceived by Ingenhoven Architects and A61.
As interesting and breathtaking as these concepts are, they were inspired by already existing structures such as the Bosco Verticale towers in Milan, Italy. The project was completed in 2014 by Boeri Studio and consists of two towers measuring 80 and respectively 112 meters in height. They are home to 480 large and medium trees and 300 small ones as well as 11,000 perennial plants and 5,000 shrubs. They cover the terraces and give the towers a green look.
Some resorts take advantage of the freshness and beauty that hanging plants offer and they use their charm to their advantage. One example is the Pure Spa center in Da Nang City, Vietnam. It was a project by MIA Design Studio and it has facades covered with vertical gardens which create a very tranquil ambiance turning the resort into an oasis. The treatment rooms open onto lush gardens and yoga sessions are held in the open garden.
In some cases, architects offer this spa-like fresh décor for private residences as well. The house designed by Alpes Green Design & Build is one such case. Completed in 2016 in Da Nang, Vietnam, the residence offers a fresh and open living environment equipped with swimming pools and courtyards. Plants and trees are a part of the house and define the facade as well.
The Golden Holiday hotel is located in Niha Trang, Vietnam, a popular and crowded tourist area. It was designed by Trinhvieta Architects and the goal was to make it look like a hotel from a tropical area, one situated by the sea and surrounded by lush vegetation. In order to create this type of ambiance, the architects decorated the facade of the hotel with potted trees and plants.
Sometimes, a green décor is almost a must. The Adelaide Zoo has a green roof, lots of living walls and even a great entrance feature which resembles a green box. The new entrance design was a project by Hassell. A green roof over the entrance supports wildlife, being the first of its kind in Australia. Features like these ones allow the zoo to better research and observe certain species of wildlife.
Palo Santo is a boutique hotel located in Buenos Aires and designed by Mario Cito. It was built on a site formerly occupied by a printing house and it’s the first structure of its kind built here using the LEED rating system. The most important part of the project was energy-efficiency and in order to highlight this feature the architect covered the building with vertical gardens.
Located in San Francisco, the SafeHouse used to be the headquarters of Cafe Gratitude and lately it’s better known as a green landmark thanks to its lush vertical gardens. The living mural was created by botanical artist Amanda Goldberg and Brandon Pruett. They chose to use drought-resistant plants given the location and recent climate.
In Lisbon, Portugal, there’s this intriguing building that’s covered in greenery. Its living walls give it a fuzzy and friendly look while also providing some insulation. The ground floor was left exposed along with the roof terrace. This way some contrast is provided and the vertical gardens stand out even more.
Ever wondered what the world’s largest vertical garden looks like? If you’re curious, check out the Tree House, a building that in 2014 set the Guiness World Record for the largest vertical garden. The building is located in Singapore and was designed by CDL and has a green wall that measures 24,638.59 square feet which is little under 2280 square meters. This features allows the building to be energy-efficient as well as visually imposing.
When designing the Athenaeum Hotel, Patrick Blanc chose to replace the cold touch and look of concrete with something a bit more cheerful and as a result gave the building a green facade covered with 12,000 plants. They are attached to a plastic-coated aluminum frame covered with synthetic felt and the structure also features a custom irrigation system that keeps the pants fresh and healthy.
The facade of the showroom designed by Sansiri architects is a combination of glass, wood and living plants. Two sides of the building are covered with geometric shaped planters that contain the vertical gardens and in between them the glass panels are shaded by louvers. The building was named Vertical Living Gallery.
Although the exterior of the Espelho d’Agua building is very linear and simple, this Lisbon creation by DC.AD is far from being uninteresting. In fact, its interior design is pretty spectacular, featuring a vertical garden and open and bright spaces. Furthermore, a large water feature flanks the building and intersects with the river.
Studio Jean Nouvel designed a really interesting tower in Nicosia, Cyprus. The unusual thing about the tower is not its size or shape but something smaller. It was perforated facades and wide balconies from which plants burst out, adding color to the building. Named Tower 25, the building is one of the tallest structures in the city reaching 67 meters in height.
Babylon is a holiday resort located on the coastline, in Vietnam. It was designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects and it has green facades, looking as if nature has taken over the whole structure. The resort is a fresh oasis which offers visitors a perfect environment for relaxation. The hotel is only the first part of the project which is also meant to include a series of bungalows and beachfront villas.
Known as One Central Park, the project developed by architect Jean Nouvel and botanist Patrick Blanc is unlike anything else. The towers that they created have huge cantilevered mirror panels which reflect the light and the surroundings and their facades are pierced by vertical gardens. One of the towers has access to the an exclusive 100 meter high sky garden.
Bosco Verticale which translates as Vertical Forest is the concept designed by architect Stefano Boeri who wanted to wanted to successfully combine high-density residential development with urban gardens. The first part of the project consists of two towers built in Milan’s Porta Nuova district which accommodate over 900 trees and plants.
On the outskirts of Brussels there’s this charming house with front and side facades and a roof covered by plants. The project is the result of a collaboration between architects Samyn and Partners and botanical artist Patrick Blanc. The house is modern and has a glazed back facade which embraces the views of the garden.
As these examples showed, green facades and vertical gardens are an increasingly popular trend which is embraced by people all over the world. Paris, for example, even passed a law that allows anyone to plant an urban garden within the city’s borders. This allows gardeners to grow plants on walls, on rooftops, on fences and pretty much anywhere else. It’s more of a project than a law, a way to encourage people to welcome nature into their lives and to be creative.