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World’s tallest indoor living wall revealed ... The new Desjardins building in Lévis, eastern Quebec

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Peter Burgess

NEW: World’s tallest indoor living wall revealed

The new Desjardins building in Lévis, eastern Quebec, has become home to what is claimed to be the world’s tallest indoor living wall.


The living wall reaches 15-storeys in height.

The 65m – 15-storey - tall artwork, dubbed the “The Currents”, was designed by Green over Grey, a design firm specializing in the creation of living walls. The design is inspired by the views of the St Lawrence River visible from Quebec City and Lévis and incorporates over 11,000 individual plants arranged according to colour, texture, pattern and size.

The plants are growing in a hydroponic – soil free - system which incorporates panels made of 100% synthetic recycled materials.

In total 42 plant species are used, including philodendrons, monsteras, fig trees, ginger, snake plants, elkhorn ferns, clusias and banana plants. Spathiphyllum ‘Mauno Loa’, commonly known as peace lily, is one of the most effective oxygen-producing plants that clean and purify the air eliminating pollutants, such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene, which are found in photocopiers and construction materials.

“According to our research, this living wall is the tallest indoor vertical garden in the world ,” said Patrick Poiraud, co-founder of Green over Grey. “The wall is fully hydroponic and incorporates plants that thrive in similar vertical environments found in nature, like on tree branches and next to waterfalls. The end result is a visually pleasing piece that provides cleaner indoor air and improves both the acoustic quality and the value of the property.”

Spathiphyllum 'Mauno Loa', commonly known as peace lily, is one of the most effective oxygen-producing plants that clean and purify the air. Spathiphyllum 'Mauno Loa', commonly known as peace lily, is one of the most effective oxygen-producing plants that clean and purify the air.

The living wall is situated on the north side of the new building, which provides office space for roughly 1,450 employees. The living wall is situated on the north side of the new building, which provides office space for roughly 1,450 employees.

Desjardins unveils the tallest indoor living wall in the world

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Published on May 2, 2014

The new Desjardins building in Lévis houses the tallest interior living wall in the world. The artwork, 'The Currents', was designed by Green over Grey, a design firm specialized in the creation of living walls (aka green walls or vertical gardens). For this project, they drew inspiration from the views of the St. Lawrence River visible from Quebec City and Lévis.

Facts

• More than 11,000 individual plants artfully arranged according to colour, texture, pattern and size covering a 15-storey wall of the new building at 150 Rue des Commandeurs in Lévis.
• Plants are growing in a hydroponic system (i.e. soil free) made of 100% synthetic recycled materials.
• Green over Grey eco friendly panels are built from 1.5 metric tons of recycled water bottles and plastic bags.
• The living wall is 213 feet high (65 meters) with a total surface area of 2,139 square feet (198 square metres).

Watch the video to see how the living art work was created

More
Green over Grey website : www.greenovergrey.com
Desjardins Group website : www.desjardins.com
Press release : http://bit.ly/1mkYPsS
Youtube http://youtu.be/RM27dIhJ5rA

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