Monday, August 31, 2009

Now, this is a green building!

From Cliff Kuang, reporting for Wired Magazine: look at the astonishing photos and read the story of a truly green building -- this 8-story antigravity forest-covered building.

"Blanc uses a kind of techno-trellis as the underlying structure: A plastic-coated aluminum frame is fastened to the wall and covered with synthetic felt into which plant roots can burrow. A custom irrigation system keeps the felt moist with a fertilizer solution modeled after the rainwater that trickles through forest canopies."

All our awe and admiration to Patrick Blanc and his wondrously beautiful projects for the Athenaeum hotel in London and other landmark buildings around the world.

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