The Semiahmoo Library’s Larger Than Life Living Wall Features Over 10,000 Plants

by , 08/30/11
filed under: Architecture, Gallery

Green over Grey, Vancouver, Semiahmoo Public Library, green wall, living wall, vertical garden, ground covers, perennials, shrubs, ecosystem, insulation, air purifier, eco design, sustainable design, green design

We’ve seen some pretty cool living walls, including the world’s largest, but we are astounded by how lush the Semiahmoo Library wall looks up close. Featuring ground covers, large perennials, shrubs, and even small trees, this vertical garden requires absolutely no soil. Similar to the way plants and shrubs grow around cliffs and waterfalls, this veritable forest is sustained by water and nutrients delivered directly from within its vertical support system. What was once a standard old wall is now a wonderful ecosystem that insulates the library, thereby increasing its energy efficiency, and purifying the air!

+ Green over Grey

Via Contemporist

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1 Comment

  1. yourfriendlyneighbour August 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I live around the corner from this and pass it every day on my way to work. It is even more stunning in person. But you don’t want to know how much it cost!

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