Raising Green Walls: Deltaflore by Pawlica Design

Deltaflore is a new way of bringing green walls into homes.  A triangular module system allows it to create different combinations depending on the size of the wall and the desired shape.

Even green railings are possible by stacking the tiles next to each other. The plants that grow out of the organic shaped holes in the tiles are nurtured by an integrated irrigation system and a natural substrate. 

The French designer Benjamin Pawlica made the Deltaflore modules from durable concrete and in many different colours. They can be applied inside the house as well as outdoors.

Further Information: pawlica-design.com


Cocoon Tree: Spend the Night in Nature

Have you ever dreamed of waking up not only with the birds but directly in their habitat? The Cocoon Tree is a spherical cabin especially designed to allow a night’s sleep in the trees. It is made of high density aluminum tubes covered with a Ferrari high quality tarpaulin. The bed in it is 2,40 meters in diameter and can fit a small family with two adults and up to two children.

The cocoon tree can be put up nearly everywhere, the most spectacular way is certainly in the trees where it hangs from twelve strong ropes and is protected by a special trampoline net, but there are adaptable feet as well so it can be put on the ground. According to the manufacturer it is even possible to let it float on a platform on a lake.

The Cocoon Tree is produced by the Hong Kong based Long Sun Corporation and manufactured in Vietnam. It can be shipped all over the world and the manufacturers have an installation team ready if needed. Customers are not only private owners but also hotels, beach resorts, summer camps and national parks.

Further Information: cocoontree.com

Patrick Blanc, Vertical Garden Pioneer

Patrick Blanc is a botanical visionary like no other. From a young age on he dedicated his life to the vast diversity of plants, starting in his teens when he experimented by building biological plant filters for his aquarium. Later the Parisian studied tropical botany, scouted through the rainforests around the world and researched the growth habits of plants. One of his most important insights was that plants don’t really need soil to grow healthy. A huge number of plants thrive perfectly fine in nature on vertical surfaces without earth or any solid substrate. Only water with minerals, light and carbon dioxide are essential for photosynthesis.  

Blanc applied his knowledge about vegetation to his vision of a vertical garden; if plants can grow on sandstone and in caves, why not on man-made walls? His invention is a system that consists of a metal framework, a PVC layer and a layer of felt. The rot-proof textile absorbs water and the plant’s roots can grow on it. Blanc’s first projects in the 1980s were very successful and he patented his ideas in 1988 and 1996. He was celebrated by garden experts and artists alike and since then he is regarded as a fusion of a gardener, an artist and an architect. Nowadays he designs and builds vertical gardens all over the world, from San Francisco to Tokyo.

In this increasingly urbanized world nature is in a constant retreat. The fixing of plants onto the outsides of buildings is not only done for visual effects: Vegetation is becoming more and more important for the well-being of the city dwellers. It cleans the air from toxic pollutants and saves energy by providing protection from the hot sun in the summer and insulation from the cold in the winter.

In Sydney, Patrick Blanc is now working on his masterpiece: The 166 meter tall multi-functional tower complex One Central Park will have the biggest vertical garden in the world on its outer structures. Hundreds of species of native and exotic plants will flow down the walls like a green waterfall. Together with a LED installation by acclaimed light artist Yann Kersalé, the building will change the skyline of the Australian metropolis in a spectacular way. The One Central Park is scheduled to open next year.

Further Information: www.patrickblanc.com

Topos Landscape Award 2013 for Peter Latz

German Landscape architect Peter Latz has been awarded the Topos Landscape Award 2013. The magazine Topos – The International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design chose Latz mainly because of his design of the Landscape Park Duisburg in the 1990s. According to Topos the Landscape Park is an icon of how to handle and reuse post-industrial sites.

Major parks play an important role in large and growing cities. Facing radical global economic and social changes in the post-industrial age, landscape architects have to learn to reinterpret the idea of a “park”. With his conversion of the industrial waste land into a green public space for the citizens, Peter Latz influenced landscape architects worldwide. Others of his popular projects are the City Park River Port Island in Saarbrücken, the Parco Dora in Turin and the recreation of the former garbage disposal Hiriya in Tel Aviv. The particular local conditions to him are more important than creating a universal style recognized by everybody immediately.

The award ceremony will take place on September 10th in Munich as part of the Topos conference Strategic Urbanism.

Further Information: toposmagazine.com


Amazon’s Headquarter Goes Green

Amazon’s plans for its new headquarters look like a futuristic utopia. A structure of three merged bio-domes with lots of plants in it will be built in front of the new main building in the centre of Seattle.

The intent behind the design is to create an alternative environment where employees can work and socialize in a more natural park-like setting. The facility will incorporate dining, meeting and lounge spaces and a variety of botanical zones modeled on montane ecologies found around the globe.

The design of the new headquarters was developed by NBBJ, who also designed the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project is expected to start construction later in 2013 and could take up to eight years to finish.

Further Information: inhabitat.com and amazon.com