Green spaces, especially in the metro, are becoming more and more rare these days. With business districts such as Makati, Bonifacio Global City, and Ortigas booming and growing, it seems nearly impossible to merge nature with a concrete jungle… but is it really? What if you could design a building that not only incorporates lush foliage, but also conserves energy, improves air quality, and saves water at the same time?
Including vertical gardens for commercial office spaces can help you achieve all these and more for your tenants and guests. The latest in sustainable designs, this architectural innovation is quickly making waves in upscale office spaces all over the globe.
What are vertical gardens?
A vertical garden is a unique technique of growing plants on a thin vertically suspended panel using drip irrigation. These panels can either be indoors or outdoors and may be filled with a wide variety of plants and even herbs.
Existing for millennia now, vertical gardens have been found in ancient civilizations such as in Babylon (the famed Hanging Gardens of Babylon were not hanging but were, in fact, vertical gardens) and in ancient Greece.
Vertical gardens have changed significantly since the ancient times. A great alternative to bulky potted plants, they breathe life to a dull and dreary office space. The best vertical garden can be as thin as 16mm thin! Modern vertical gardens can be found on a variety of applications and add life to any structure.
Vertical gardens typically come into two applications: a vertical wall of plants and a vertical wall of moss.
Common plants for commercial vertical garden include ferns, pothos, dracaenas, and philodendrons. Moss varieties, on the other hand, include reindeer moss, flat moss, and pole moss, all of which are carefully sourced from Northern Europe.
Vertical gardens can be used to add a pop of color and greenery to an urban space, bringing access to green spaces which can otherwise prove to be difficult in a busy metropolis. Vertical gardens can also be used to add design to your office, as plants can be used to create logos, patterns, and images with their naturally occurring patterns and colorings.
Vertical gardens have been used to create breathtaking focal points in key areas such as reception areas, lobbies, and conference rooms
Why do you need a vertical garden for office spaces?
Based on extensive research, vertical gardens have been linked to multiple benefits. Apart from merely serving an aesthetic function, they’ve been found to:
- lift people’s mood,
- remove toxic fumes from the air,
- increase productivity,
- improve acoustics,
- lower indoor temperature,
- stabilize humidity.
Vertical gardens – the future
With sustainable vertical landscape design and development becoming increasingly important in architecture and construction, vertical gardens will continue to rise in popularity in the coming years. Vertical gardens can help lower your energy consumption, improve your green rating, and create a better eco-friendly image for your brand.
Vertical gardens have come a long way from the ancient days in Babylon and Greece. With automated systems such as hydroponics, soil-less structures, and ultra-thin panels, these low maintenance structures are the new must-have in every upscale office space. If you’re looking to install a vertical garden in your office, talk to us today! We can design a custom vertical garden that integrates your brand’s colors and identity so it matches your interiors beautifully.