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On the Horizon: Vertical Gardens


Cityscapes are no stranger to vertical gardens. With limited space and very few green spots, many city buildings have turned to living green walls … aka vertical gardens. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing but they also have a whole slew of eco benefits too including:

  • Less reflected heat
  • Storm water absorption
  • Air purification - plants are efficient filters of pollution
  • Noise reduction - quieter buildings and streets

Well, now there is a new vertical garden concept on the horizon. It comes from Spanish designers Benet, Saida Dalmau, Anna Julibert, and Carmen Vilar, and it just won a Designboom IIDA Award. This design isn’t like the others where the gardens are built on a vertical wall; this one is a stand-alone vertical cylinder that’s encased in mesh and more of a public park. It’s called the Spiral Garden and it combines architecture, sustainable design, and urban farming all in one. People can stroll through this botanical-like structure and there are 170 “parking” spots for bikes and even a compost center complete with a drop-off post.

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From the Organic Authority Files

This spiral contains an ascending garden where native vegetation can coexist with urban orchards, shared and planted for the neighbours for easy maintenance and serving also as a green outdoor walk.

Check out more picture of the Spiral Garden.

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