Last year we installed over 960 sqm of living walls and 130 sqm of ivy screen! That’s around 5 tennis courts of vertical urban greening! We created habitat for wildlife, clean air for us to breathe, a place for us to relax, contemplate and think, a natural rainwater storage system, a place to grow organic food and the nourishment for cities to build from more sustainable roots.
We’re full steam ahead heading into 2017 with plenty of new living wall designs in the works but in the meantime be inspired as we round up our Top 5 living wall designs of last year!
1. Restaurant Ours Brompton Rd, London.
This new dining nook was opened back in summer by Michelin star chef Tom Sellers in London’s elegant Kensington district. The addition of our floor to ceiling living wall takes green dining to the next level, helped along the way a little by a great assortment of trees and plants throughout the space.
2. The Living Box, London.
Taking an every day and under-used piece of street infrastructure and transforming it into something special. We teamed up with the street smart innovators over at PUBLIC SPACE JAM and London based artist Andrea Tyrimos to bring a breath of fresh air to a disused phone box in one of London’s biggest pollution hotspots. We re-fitted the back with cascading greens whilst Andrea enveloped the remaining sides with leafy murals and a starry sky scene inside.
3. The Ritterman Building at Middlesex University.
This living wall, contains around 3,500 plants and provides a visual representation of what the building stands for – exhibiting how technology can combine with nature to achieve smart sustainable design. To celebrate the new design we invited local primary school children to help plant a portion of the wall, creating a learning resource they can nurture and see grow one through the seasons.
4. Colourful patio backdrop, Kensington, London.
As well as taking on some large projects we also had blast creating the smaller guys, here to show you size doesn’t matter is a residential design we did earlier in the year. This backyard retreat was transformed with clusters of the same plant grouped together for maximum impact. The Heuchera ‘plum pudding’ provides a fantastic ruffled edge which combined with it’s deep purple colour adds intensity and volume to the leafy greens of surrounding fern fronds. Only in it’s first year this wall appears fully established and creates the perfect backdrop to entertaining in long summer evenings or crisp winter mornings gazing outside – the mixture of evergreen with flares of seasonal interest ensures there’s a changing scene year round.
5. RHS Tatton Park
Although not a permanent display this project was definitely one of our favourite’s to be involved with. As designer’s it’s not often you get chance to incorporate all your ideas in a single project, but this summer we were given centerstage and free reigns by the RHS to display all the urban greenery our team could wrangle up to Tatton Park. We brought you living walls in every form we could muster. From the intelligent air purifying walls, to the sustainable rain water garden, to the roll your sleeves up and get stuck in vertical farm. Our goal was to enable visitors to take a walk through a compact world of green design. The diverse planting design provided an exploration of the senses as individuals became lost in designs and technology that could be the future of our cities. In addition to getting to exhibit our products, one of our favourite aspects of this project was engaging, exciting and inspiring the public! Despite our exhibit only going on for a few days we met some incredible people and from it, the ideas and motivation we gained still fuels us to do what we do best – transform the concrete jungle.
If you didn’t manage to catch us at RHS Tatton we’re pleased to announce we have plenty of upcoming exhibits at various garden shows in the upcoming months, check back to our events page or follow us on twitter for more details announced soon.