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

Posted By Tafline Laylin On August 30, 2011 @ 9:42 am In Architecture,Gallery | 1 Comment

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 [1]

We’ve seen some pretty cool living walls, including the world’s largest [2], 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 [3], and purifying the air!

+ Green over Grey [4]

Via Contemporist [5]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/08/Semiahmoo-Green-Wall-by-Green-Over-Grey-4.jpg

[2] including the world’s largest: http://inhabitat.com/largest-green-wall-in-north-america-to-be-unveiled-tomorrow

[3] increasing its energy efficiency: http://inhabitat.com/lutron-unveils-energy-saving-dimmer-switch-for-cfl-and-led-bulbs/

[4] + Green over Grey: http://www.greenovergrey.com/

[5] Contemporist: http://www.contemporist.com/2011/08/29/semiahmoo-green-wall-by-green-over-grey/#more-35096

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