Living Wall depicts Europe’s blooms

The facade of the European Environmental Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen holds a graphic living map of Europe, planted with regional blooms.

The living wall is actually a metal frame and grid, supporting a hydroponically irrigated array of felt pockets containing the regional plantings.

 

 

This system underscores the challenges of retrofitting living wall systems onto existing buildings – the classical stone cladding system of the building would have suffered from direct contact with the plant roots, and the weight of the living wall would have structural implications that could jeopardize the historic building.  Holding the framework away and making it somewhat structurally independent solves some problems, while posing new ones – how to bridge the gap visually, as well as physically where the hydroponic system connects.

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