Quebec’s new “Living Wall” blends recycled materials and Nature indoors

Living garden quebec - The Currrents 1Living green walls are one of the most special methods that designers and architects have to bring Nature indoors for our enjoyment. They add beauty while helping to keep the air we breathe clean and fresh.

A few years ago I wrote about the amazing living green wall in Singapore’s Changi Airport, which stood at 45 feet tall. But a there’s a new claim to the title “World’s Tallest Living Wall”. Standing at 213 feet tall, this new installation called The Currents is housed in the Desjardins building in Lévis, Quebec.

Created by Canadian design firm Green Over Gray, it spans a total area of 2,139 square feet (198 sq m.) and was inspired by views of the St. Lawrence River. This vertical garden is fully soil free, managed through hydroponics. Remarkably, it only took five months to design. Living garden quebec - The CurrentsThe green wall features forty two plant species, including fig trees, philodendrons, monsteras, ginger, snake plants, elkhorn ferns, scheffleras and banana plants. 11,.000 individual plants are incorporated into the wall’s design and are arranged by color, texture, pattern and size to create a beautiful natural mosaic.

But there’s more to this natural splendor than just the green of its plants. Its hydroponic system is made completely from synthetic recycled materials while the panels are made from 1.5 metric tons (P1.65 tons) of recycled water bottles and plastic bags. The company says its goal “is to create living works of art that purify the air you breathe, make life more sustainable and add some green to the grey of our cities.” After viewing the pictures of this living wall, it seems they’ve definitely reached their goal with this one.

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