Posted on | August 3, 2009 | No Comments
…or at least, if you are French architect Edouard François, this is a frequent choice. He builds with what are called “green facades”, which differ from “living walls” in that they do not require elaborate watering systems. Plants on the exterior facade of a building are a great way to help moderate the interior temperature of a space, since they constantly have a certain amount of moisture which evaporates in the sun to create evaporative cooling. If you’ve never experienced this before, try walking into a building with an exterior wall covered in vine or plants, and then try to walk into an adjacent building without a planted wall, and see if you notice a temperature difference.
Click on the link above to view a Treehugger slide show to see more of Edouard’s projects: below is a building called Flower Tower, with planters stacked on all of the balconies.