5000 plants drawing a map of European plant diversity.
The Living Façade is one of the main EEA contributions to the UN International Year of Biodiversity activities. The façade illustrates the potential for vertical gardens to provide urban green areas.
The architectural concept
Approaching the term ‘biodiversity’ we came up with the idea of creating a living construct reflecting seasonal change.
We faced some challenging parameters: technically, botanically and in terms of design. We had to meet the plants’ needs for water, nutrition, sunlight and a stable base for their roots in order to make them grow successfully on a façade, in an urban surrounding, in the Scandinavian climate and forming the shape of a map of Europe.
A sophisticated, load-bearing, hanging steel structure developed by Peter Lund Christensen from Rambøll carries a felt pocket system mounted on plywood, which will hold the plants.
The irrigation system that waters each individual plant is integrated into the felt system. The pockets hold the soil and roots of 5000 plants in total and are organised to represent the complex map of Europe as a vertical garden.
The plant species have been carefully selected by botanists from KU LIFE and it will be possible to follow their growth throughout the summer and autumn.
HENRIK RUNGS GADE 3, 2.TH.