4,000 Square Foot Living Wall

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Imagine entering a parking structure to find the sweet smell of flowers instead of stagnant oil. Thanks to Seasons Natural Engineering, this is the reality for anyone who visits Edwards Lifesciences in Irvine, California. The design firm from Laguna Beach, California, specializes in living walls, was commissioned to transform their 4,000 square foot parking structure facade from dull and lifeless, to bright and vibrant. Lucy Wang of Inhabitat shares how the “4,000 square-foot green wall impressively weaves over forty different plant varieties,” making it the largest hydroponic living wall in North America, thanks to Seasons Natural Engineering, with the help of LPA the architect, and Rudolph & Sletten GC.

The secret to the living wall’s success can be accredited to the proprietary Aqua Felt system, developed by Seasons Natural Engineering. Composed of 100% recycled synthetic fibers, Aqua Felt is promoted as a more flexible and breathable alternative to traditional soil-based systems. Owner and landscape architect Scott Hutcheon explains how “this attributes to much healthier plants and lower maintenance over time. The felt layers on the wall helps to create a monolithic plant façade, which facilitates a vertical living ecosystem. This is the biggest benefit to the system.”
Such a “monolithic plant façade” couldn’t have found a better home than at Edwards Lifesciences. As a global leader in the scientific study and development of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring, Edwards Lifesciences is passionate about health. This includes the health of their clients, employees, and the environment. How does a living wall improve the health of these systems? Aside from the stunning beauty, a living wall provides carbon sequestration, meaning plants breathe in carbon dioxide and harmful toxins, and breathe out fresh oxygen. In addition, Edwards Lifesciences employees will reap some of the proven benefits that come with being in close proximity to plants, such as improved focus and overall well-being.

View here: http://inhabitat.com/lush-living-wall-breathes-life-into-an-otherwise-dull-parking-garage-in-california/

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