The Musée du Quai Branly in Paris is a recent project by noted architect Jean Nouvel. The southern face of the building incorporates an 8600 square foot installation of Plant Wall by designer Patrick Blanc.
Green roofs on buildings require more than just heaping dirt on top of a building and scattering some seeds. There are concerns about insulation and moisture control, and the system must be able to withstand plant roots from making holes in the system and allowing moisture to infiltrate the building and causing leaks. The green wall is a similar technological undertaking:
"The Plant Wall itself is quite sophisticated, involving layers of plastic, metal, and air to provide a rigid frame, temperature control, and air circulation. The plants grow in small pockets of felt-like plastic that is nonbiodegradable to avoid rotting. They are irrigated through a system of plastic pipes that distribute nutrient solution."
Obviously, the technology has continued to make inroads, and this is probably only the first of many examples of this that we will be seeing. And, it's a far cry from just letting ivy grow on the walls. The Branly Museum, for example, hosts more than 170 different species of plants in the installation.
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