The world’s largest vertical garden blooms with 85,000 plants in the heart of Bogota

May 11, 2017 by  
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Behold: the largest vertical garden in the world. Located in Bogota, Colombia, the Santalaia building is completely covered with a lush layer of 85,000 plants that span 3,100 square meters (33,368 square feet). A vertical garden of this size can produce enough oxygen for more than 3,100 people every year, process 1,708 pounds of heavy metals, filter more than 2,000 tons of harmful gases and catch more than 881 pounds of dust. The record-setting vertical garden in Bogota was completed in 2015 after over a year of planning. Paisajismo Urbano ‘s Colombia-based franchise Groncol designed and installed the vertical garden using the innovative F+P system, patented by Ignacio Solano. Related: Posh new Vietnamese hotel with a lush green facade brings guests closer to nature This system is based on a series of pillars – each with its own vegetal cover – installed vertically over the facade . Various endemic species were included in the design of the vertical garden to boost biodiversity . + Paisajismo Urbano + Groncol

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Buried Buddhist shrine unites man and nature in harmony

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You don’t need to be a Zen master to appreciate this green-roofed Buddhist shrine in rural China. Designed by Arch Studio , the contemporary shrine is partially buried to minimize site disruption and to blend into the landscape. The building emphasizes connection with nature through its design and framed views of the woods and river beyond. Located in the outskirts of Tangshan by the riverbank, the Buddhist shrine serves as a space for meditation and contemplation. The concrete building is mostly buried underground and is embedded between seven mature trees. The shrine’s various rooms splay out like branches from a large central space and include the entrance, meditation room, tea room , living room, and bathroom. “The design started from the connection between the building and nature and adopts the method of earthing to hide the building under the earth mound while presenting the divine temperament of nature with flowing interior space,” said Arch Studio. “A place with power of perception where trees, water, Buddha and human coexist is thus created.” Related: ARCHSTUDIO inserts a modern teahouse into an ancient Chinese structure The concrete surfaces are textured with the natural grain patterns from the pine formwork. Furnishings are constructed from gray-toned timber to match the concrete walls while the smooth terrazzo interior flooring contrasts with the outdoor white gravel. Skylights and large windows let in natural light and framed views. Courtyards with trees and bamboo punctuate the building. + Arch Studio Via Dezeen

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This Inspiring Multicolored Community Center is Made From Over 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

October 23, 2014 by  
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Starbucks’ First Store in Colombia Serves 100% Locally-Sourced Coffee

July 18, 2014 by  
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Federico Uribe Uses Reclaimed Electrical Cables to Create Vibrant Paintings

March 28, 2013 by  
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Colombian Bio Hotel Boasts a Beautiful Living Facade

February 13, 2012 by  
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Bio Hotel , a sustainable construction inspired by the LEED methodology, will be a 7-storey hotel located in Bogotá D.C. – Colombia. LEED is a certification program for sustainable buildings and construction projects administered by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Bio Hotel boasts a beautiful living facade, solar energy generation and storage systems, as well as efficient wastewater management and gray water recycling. The recycled water will be used to irrigate the hotel’s plantings and public green spaces. The materials and wood are sustainably sourced and harvested, and all rooms received ample natural light. + Bio Hotel The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bio Hotel , Bio Hotel bogota , Bio Hotel columbia , bogota green design , bogota sustainable design , Bogotá , green hotel , leed hotel

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