Plants for New Architecture


The world’s tallest vertical garden will grace the skies of Sydney in 2014. The inventor of such garden is Patrick Blanc. He has partnered with architect Jean Nouvel to create a living, breathing vertical building. Green on green will climb up 166 meters. Fifty percent will be covered in leafy plants, native and exotic species.

Blanc is creating a reality for one of my great dreams. When I look out over the city I see green dominating the landscape. Green that is carried into the skies as high as the tallest building can reach. Plants grip onto buildings and cover their roofs. When we learn to work with nature instead of against it, that’s when we win.

While studying historic preservation, I learned that plants were bad for buildings. I reluctantly said good-bye to the lovely ivy-covered architecture I admired. It seemed wrong. Nature inspires art. They should work together. Patrick Blanc gets it.

One Central Park, Sydney, Australia

One Central Park, Sydney, Australia

One Central Park, Sydney, Australia

One Central Park, Sydney, Australia

One Central Park, Sydney, Australia

One Central Park, Sydney, Australia

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