Friday, April 22, 2011
Botanist Come Vertical Landscape Designer
Today’s Environment of the Week will be Vertical Graden of Quai Branly Museum, by Botanist Patrick Blanc. The building was designed by architect Jean Nouvel.
Thank you John Parker for today’s YEOW suggestion!
[If anyone else has any YEOW’s they’d like to share, please feel free to let me know! Thx J]
Vertical Wall on Jean Nouvel’s Musée du quai Branly
Plants have found a home on walls for centuries, but are sometimes incongruous with architecture, often breaking down the structural integrity of a building’s facade. Patrick Blanc’s Vertical Garden System, known as Le Mur Vegetal in French, allows both plants and buildings to live in harmony with one another. The botanist cum vertical landscape designer is probably best know for his gorgeous living wall on the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris (shown above). But Blanc’s Vertical Garden System can be implemented anywhere: indoors or out and in any climatic environment.
The three-part system consists of a PVC layer, felt, and metal frame, providing a soil-free self-supporting system light enough to be hung on the wall, and even suspended in the air, weighing in at less than 30 kilograms (14.3 LBS/ SF= 30 kg/ m2) per square meter.
The Vertical Garden can be used as an impressive outdoor system, or can be used indoors, with the help of artificial lighting. The natural benefits of the Vertical Garden are many: improved air quality, lower energy consumption, providing a natural shield between weather and inhabitants. No matter where you live, urban or suburban, cold or hot, indoors or out, the Vertical Garden brings a little bit of green to all.
Botanist come Landscape Designer.
View from street side.
View from across the street.
View from below
Facade at Corner
This is a really unique transition in material.
You can find more pics and info. about this building here: