Gallery: GREEN YOUR WALLS with Schiavello Vertical Gardens


For all of us urban dwellers who crave indoor greenery but find ourselves a bit short on space, here’s a great solution that requires almost no square footage: Joost Bakker’s Schiavello Vertical Gardens. The steel-frame interior plant system was designed on a grid that allows numerous plants to be stacked vertically in columns or walls- providing the perfect backdrop for any office or apartment that needs and extra bit of greening but can’t afford the space required for them (when you can’t build out, build up!).

“The main philosophy behind my work is I don’t try to imitate nature. I do the complete opposite while still respecting it. The Vertical Garden is a living product,” Joost Bakker says. The system is especially useful for commercial environments, where the vertical gardens will help to provide better indoor air quality.

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  1. Tyler520 October 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    This looks great, but doesn’t seem very utilitarian.

    However, it would probably work VERY well as an outside partition hooked up to an aquarium or fountain pump

  2. Red Icculus March 3, 2009 at 7:47 am

    This is a great idea, but how are these watered? This could be automated by hydroponics:

  3. sethcollins December 9, 2007 at 8:30 pm

    if it had a string than was threaded through each pot drain hole from the top doen the water would follow down the string and not splash.
    sldo they look like pothos which can grow in just water, even in low light. i think that after a few months the pots whould be obscured by the foilage.

  4. Paul Balez July 25, 2007 at 3:41 am

    I think this is really nice.
    A good tool for growing many plants in a no-garden flat
    But too much symetrical…
    Why not using various plants species ?
    And please : more space for leafs !!!! Pots are nice but plants need as mush aerial volume as earth.

  5. Alphi July 19, 2007 at 1:27 am

    Looks to me like the plants are watered by gravity.. with each pot being watered by the drainage of the pot above it. So you really only need to water the top row..

  6. Erik van Lennep July 2, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    well…I hate it. Almost everything about it. Don’t often feel that way, less often say it, but this is the epitome of disconnected thinking trying to “go green”; it is the same old thinking of plants-as-wallpaper, which dooms countless living creatures (yes, plants are that) to a quick death, countless would-be gardeners to immediate discouragement, and keeps the bins filled, the houseplant industry ticking over, and the designers smug. Start over, ask yourself what you really want to accomplish, and look into the principles of horticulture if this is going to involve living plants. Next!!!

  7. david June 29, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    can’t really see them very well but they look like silver vine plants. in which case florescent lighting would be able to sustain it (it wont grow very fast, but it’ll survive) re-potting would not be much of a problem, and after they have had some time to grow it would look like just a solid green wall, as plants make long vines, and just use the roots to pull in water and anchor it. you would need to re-pot every 2 years tho just because the soil integrity would get bad, but i can only imagine that this would improve the environment of the place as they are very good at removing toxins from the air and whatnot, however the main problem would be cleaning all the dust off the leaves. well, and as previously mentioned, they would be hard to water. I don’t see any problems with the plants surviving though, as they are a vine that grows in the undergrowth of the rain forests naturally, so they are quite at home in a low light low nutrient environment.

  8. Peter June 29, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    Some plants don’t need a lot of light to grow. I’m sure the base will catch water. Just water the top plant and it will drain down to the plant below.

    As an avid houseplant gardener this would work rather well providing that the water can drip down thoroughly

    I’d like to see a pic where the growth is more abundant and actually covers the frame.

  9. anonymous June 28, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    it looks more like a “terra cotta pot” wall than a “green wall” — look at the images that show it from a distance…the green blurs out and all you see is clay pots…

  10. Donna June 28, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    Greenfortune did it better last year anyway:

  11. Sue June 28, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    Looks like a plant version of “battery housing” for chickens. I’m a botanist who worked at a florist for years and still can’t believe how many designers view living things as furniture..

  12. Clara June 28, 2007 at 11:26 am

    We are all very practical people. :-)

  13. Donna June 28, 2007 at 11:13 am

    Never mind the actual task of watering…there is no catch basin for each pot, which means the runoff from the pot above is going to hit leaves, deflect and splash on that nice, hardwood floor… If the pots don’t have a drain hole, you have dead plants quickly from everyday minerals and salts in the water that build up as the water evaporates.

  14. meme June 28, 2007 at 4:10 am

    Dont plants GROW dont you have to repot them when they do? unless ofcourse they’re plastic, which would look great in any poncy apartment!

  15. Jo June 28, 2007 at 1:32 am

    I think it would be better for outdoor use.

    Great for courtyards!

  16. Bryce June 27, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    I’ve got to chime in on the watering thing too. It’s a cool look, and if there is enough light then it would be a neat thing to have around. That said, if there isn’t some sort of watering system, it will be rather high maintenance.

  17. metis June 27, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    tell me there’s an integrated watering mechanism…. even an intern is gonna start to balk at watering all those buggers every day or two….

  18. meaghan June 27, 2007 at 10:34 am

    talk about a waste of energy, not sure how this qualifies as sustainable? those plants will require massive amounts of light and water and they will probably still die…

  19. Aggie Pete June 27, 2007 at 9:20 am

    i wouldnt want to be the guy who has to water them all

  20. J June 27, 2007 at 8:43 am

    I think it would look better with cooler pots. must be tough to clean too. but it does look awesome :)

  21. Deep June 27, 2007 at 6:28 am

    I would really really like to see on of those walls after a month of watering =)

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