Happy Eco Monday! To start off the week, we’re featuring a new winner of a Guiness Book of World Records: the world’s largest vertical! Architect Francesco Bollani designed this gorgeous living wall on the site of the II Fordaliso shopping center in Milan, Italy. Spanning a whopping 13,594 square feet, this living wall beat out the former world record holder in Madrid, which measured at a mere 9,084 square feet in comparison.
It took the design team an entire year to grow all 44,000 plants, and another 90 days to place them on the walls of the commercial building. They pieced it together much like a Lego-structure to ease the installation, but it increased the cost of the structure, bring the total project cost to $1.3 million.
Even with its beauty a site to behold, the vertical garden has a purpose that extends beyond aesthetics. According to shopping center director, Simone Rao:
This is sustainable architecture, which can combine beauty with energy saving while respecting the environment.
The plant life helps regulate the temperature inside, and by reducing direct sunlight, it helps keep energy consumption to a minimum. It also absorbs carbon dioxide and keeps ambient noise to a minimum!
You can check out some more photos at Oddity Central.
What do you think of the world’s largest vertical garden?
Found via Inhabitat