10 plant-covered buildings that point to a greener future



Architects are touting plant-covered tower blocks as a way to tackle air pollution and improve the quality of urban life. From one of the world’s tallest living walls to an entire “vertical forest” city in China, here are 10 examples showing the rise of verdant architecture.

Ateliers Jean Nouvel has recently designed a plant-covered luxury hotel in São Paulo, which will feature staggered terraces overflowing with trees and a latticed Corten-steel facade.

Kengo Kuma has also designed a heavily-planted luxury hotel. Proposed for the left bank of Paris’ river Seine, the building will feature lush greenery escaping from a facade comprised of overlapping wooden blocks.

This eco-friendly apartment block in Paris is wrapped in stainless steel netting that acts as a climbing frame for plants, so that when the wind blows their seeds will be spread across the city.

A vertical garden made from 7600 plants appears to grow up the side of this five-storey Parisian block. It was created by botanist and researcher Patrick Blan, the self-proclaimed inventor of living walls.

MVRDV incorporated plants and trees in its design for a sprawling complex in Amsterdam’s financial district, which will feature protruding bay windows and angular balconies.

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