In the last several years, vertical gardens have seen a rapid surge in popularity. Living walls are the contemporary architectural embodiment of our need for contact with nature and proof that the green is a fantastic complement to modern steel and glass interiors. These days, most newly developed buildings pursuing LEED or BREAM certification include a green wall concept already in the design phase. Green walls are now commonly installed in existing buildings, especially in public areas. Warsaw’s shopping centres Mokotów and Arkadia are great examples of that. There is a long list of undisputed advantages that come with green walls.
Green walls make for a dramatic visual statement, catching the attention of potential clients. To this end, they are often installed in lounge areas of top class office buildings, so that all that enter the premises are immediately captivated by the exotic living works of art. Secondly, green walls are a frequent sight in smaller premises, where every cubic meter counts and there is simply no space available for traditional greenery – restaurants, cafes, shopping malls, or fitness clubs. Greenery vastly enhances the image of such places, making us more likely to stop for a cup of coffee or a meal, or to consider a purchase in a nearby outlet. In fitness clubs, living walls are frequently installed by the treadmills, instead of television sets, absorbing CO2 and releasing oxygen.
This brings us to one of the most important functions of the green walls – air filtration. We spend about 90% of our time in closed indoors, which makes us susceptible to a number of pollutants, both organic and inorganic. Green walls utilise the plants’ capacity to act as huge natural air filters, which first of all removes pollutants and humidifies air without risking the forming of fungus or mold. Moreover, is has been confirmed in numerous publications that indoor greenery actively improves living conditions, well-being and – in the case of office premises – work efficiency. Moreover, vertical gardens are fantastic for noise reduction purposes – dispersing and absorbing sounds – and for reducing overall temperatures of the building, cutting the expenses associated with air conditioning.
As we can see, living walls are a refreshing contemporary addition to interior design, representing a ingenous way to introduce greenery to otherwise poorly utilised spaces and yield optimum use of space indoors. They actively enhance our environment by removing pollutants, help keep buildings cool, reduce noise and improve well-being.
Inner Garden offers a wide range of vertical garden solutions. Please consider us for your green walls needs.