Green walls (also referred to as living walls) are self sufficient vertical gardens that are attached to the interior or the exterior of a building. The popularity of green walls has steadily increased since the first structures of their kind were constructed 30 years ago. From the sprawling 4,000-square-foot green wall at Longwood Gardens East Conservatory in Kennett Square, PA to the stunning green wall at the Embassy Suites in Downtown Chicago, the possibilities seem endless.
One misconception about these amazing structures is that they are reserved for massive buildings or exteriors. In recent years, smaller, freestanding units have been introduced to the market, allowing businesses with smaller spaces to incorporate the “green wall phenomenon” into their interior designs.
For example, SageWalls (pictured above) are freestanding vertical garden units that come available in 8 standard sizes. The Sage Vertical Garden systems contain a 2 week water reservoir and re-circulating pump that requires no drains or water lines. Companies can even incorporate flat screen televisions or corporate logos into the design of their SageWall.
“When a customer or prospective customer enters a facility with a green wall, the message is immediately conveyed that the space is home to a green and strong business,” said Matt Hills, Architect I at Ambius.
“We also provide the maintenance needed to keep these free-standing vertical gardens looking great. Our service technicians will come clean the wall, refill the tank, and clean the wall’s filter.”
More compact, green walls are ideal for lobbies of hotels, corporate headquarters, restaurants, casinos, and hospitals.
How small can a green wall be? Ambius installed two 4′ x 6′ green walls and one larger green wall at the Baylor Sammons Cancer Center in Dallas, Texas. The walls feature Gsky Plant System’s Versa Wall System and contain Hedra Helix and Scindapsus Jade plants. The walls were placed in specific spots inside the hospital so that visitors could enjoy them when walking up or down the stairs.
Interested in adding a green wall to your interior? Ambius is a certified specifier, installer, and service provider for multiple green wall manufacturers.
Are you excited about the future of green walls? Share your questions and thoughts in the comments below!
Follow Sean Heffernan on Google+