We're noticing a new trend here at Inhabitat, and it's one we really like: vertical gardens on both the inside and outside of buildings. And why not? Maybe that's what Vertical Garden Design told the folks at Replay on Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona when they presented the idea to create both a storefront and courtyard green wall for the store. Not only do they look fantastic and produce life-sustaining oxygen, but lush living walls full of waterfall plants also evoke a wonderful sense of serenity.
The landscape designers chosen different kinds of species for the two walls given that they experience varying exposure to the sun. The two-storey storefront vertical garden features mostly ferns and begonias, while the outside wall, which is exposed to sunlight at the top but shaded at the bottom, was fitted with Mediterranean species such as Lavandula, Rosmarinus, and Artemisia that are accustomed to the heat. Both, however, mimic nature’s own vertical gardens: the plants and trees that sprout up near waterfalls, and have been designed to grow mostly wild and free. Can you tell that we’re quite chuffed with these?