Ever since I saw the living wall at the Gladstone last year, I’ve been obsessed with the idea that I must have a living wall somewhere in my home. Well, realistically I don’t think that’s feasible in the home that I occupy now, but my future home …definitely.
Visualize with me. Imagine a central hallway that runs the full height of the house, like an atrium, where you can see the living wall as you walk down the stairs. You will be able to almost touch the wall and pick the flowers that will be growing. The air will always feel fresh, moist and rich with oxygen, as if a window has just been opened.
Yah! Deep breath…
Green or living walls are not new to architecture and of course the most common exterior living wall would be ivy that is so common in England. But what we started to see a few years ago in development was the application of living walls in commercial and residential buildings. Use was primarily for aesthetic purposes, but the contribution to healthy air was obvious.
Now living walls, biowalls or vertical gardens are becoming a way to green up your home as well. Very easy to install….
Depending on the system you use; the wall has predesigned components for the plantings; you will need a plumbing line for direct irrigation. The plants will absorb the water, but excess can be filtered for reuse. Now that’s recycled thinking!
Rob from Green Space Roofing, says that the demand for living walls is increasing, and will cost you anywhere from $60 – $300/ square foot. depending on the plants you choose.
Whether indoor or outdoor, a living wall will:
– Reduce gaseous pollutants
– Increase oxygen and clean the air
– Reduce heat and smog
– Aid in sound insulation
For more benefits or information, check out Green Space Roofing.