Caixa Forum, Madrid
photos by sallylondon
Architects, Herzog & de Meuron (San Francisco's de Young Museum,
among their accomplishments) designed the addition on the adjacent building adjacent to the green wall:
The upper stories exhibiting a tactile, richly colored cor-ten steel facade, in brilliant juxtaposition alongside the verdant surface of Patrick Blanc's expansive plantings.
Blanc broke new ground when he developed a highly successful technique for living walls, the vertical gardens that now adorn buildings worldwide in indoor and outdoor settings.
Years ago, while visiting Paris I planned an early-morning visit to the Pershing Hall hotel, to see an early Blanc project installed on an interior courtyard wall.
The green wall Blanc created for the Caixa Forum is composed of 15,000 plants; 250 different species. In Blanc's words, "The Vertical Garden allows man to re-create a living system very similar to natural environments. It's a way to add nature to places where man once removed it. Thanks to botanical knowledge, it's possible to display natural-looking plant landscapes even though they are man-made. ...a Vertical Garden" can be "a valuable shelter for biodiversity."
Locally, Blanc has been chosen to design a green wall for the new Assembly Wing of San Francisco's Drew School, Blanc's largest project in the U.S. to date.
I'll be attending Blanc's lecture in San Francisco.
A botanist by profession, with eye-popping green hair,
Blanc is sure to draw an enthusiastic crowd to the SPUR center in downtown San Francisco!