Nine-meter green wall decorates interior design of Washington University

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James Byard, Washington University.

Grown on basalt substrate, a green wall has added a special, vibrant look to the Kuehner Court in St. Louis’ Washington University.

The Kuehner Court located at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri, USA) was replenished with a large-scale green wall of over 5000 plants.

This nine-meter living wall was created by Sagegreenlife, a company known for its projects on external and internal green spaces. Different modular living wall systems were open to visitors at the international conference and expo Greenbuild 2018.

To learn more about the green wall, hover over the image. (All photos: James Byard/Washington University).

In the new building of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, the green wall is the main part of the Kuehner Court interior design – a welcoming spot for students and faculty to meet, study, relax and recharge.

A flow of natural light from the glass ceiling is playing in the living plants, confirming the benefits of “biophilic design” concept.

I was inspired by the geography of St. Louis. The Mississippi and Missouri are such iconic rivers. I wanted to incorporate that river patterning as well as a sense of topography and narrative,

said Nathan Beckner, lead plant designer at Sagegreenlife.

Modern vertical gardens are created as an autonomous system with its own drip irrigation system and lighting, if necessary.

Basalt agrosubstrate does not decompose, it neither alter nutrient solutions or absorb them. These properties are highly appreciated by the producers of vegetables and greenery grown in greenhouses who widely use mineral wool slabs, cubes and corks.

Stone wool agrosubstrate is sterile protecting the plants from diseases, claim the scholars from Wageningen University, who did the research and implemented their findings in the plant industry.

Once the life cycle of the stone wool comes to the end (maybe a few cycles), it can be completely recycled, which is essential when it comes to circular economy principles.

Translated by Olga Yurchenko


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