1 Apr, 2019 | Written by Premis

The Growing Trend of Vertical Gardens

The striking green façade of a vertical garden makes a strong statement amongst an ever-growing skyline of concrete and steel.  Adding greenery not only transforms the aesthetics of a building but can also help to reduce anxiety levels and promote feelings of peacefulness and tranquillity. 

Vertical gardens also offer significant environmental benefits:

  • Reduces urban heat island effect and smog
  • Cleans outside air of pollutants and dust.
  • Cleans interior air space by removing harmful toxins.
  • Cools and shades a building that would otherwise absorb considerable heat.
  • Captures rainfall and reduce runoff into stormwater drains.
  • Helps to filter out pollutants generated by traffic in surrounding streets.
  • Creates habitats for birds and beneficial insects.

Green infrastructure is appealing because it is sustainable and provides nice green spaces for all to enjoy.  By increasing the vegetation in our cities we increase biophilia – incorporating nature into our buildings. 

Vertical gardens have become an increasingly popular choice in recent years, transforming commercial, residential and government buildings across the globe into green sanctuaries.  Here are a few of our favourites.

Clearpoint Tower, Sri Lanka

Billed as the tallest vertical garden in the world, the 46-storey Clearpoint Tower is almost completely covered by plants.  The green walls act as a natural cooling system, with its glass surface completely shielded from direct sunlight, minimising any solar heat gain.  The planted terraces also provide the building with a natural sound-proofing system.

One Central Park, Sydney

The world’s second-tallest vertical garden located in Sydney’s inner-west features over 250 native Australian species. Every floor of the building’s two towers is adorned in vines and foliage, acting as a vertical continuation of the park below.  The gardens were designed to demonstrate how nature can be integrated in previously unexploited areas of the city.

Musée du Quai Branly, Paris

The Musée du Quai Branly features an impressive green façade measuring almost 200 metres long.  More than 150 different species of plants from around the world are incorporated in the living wall, which consists of 15,000 plants in total.  The vertical garden provides the building with natural insulation in addition to improving the air quality in its busy locale of central Paris.


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