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Published on Sep 23, 2012
Architect Juli Capella was tasked- by the city of Barcelona- to design a vertical garden to cover a nearly 70-foot-high windowless wall (leftover after an adjacent building was demolished). Instead of creating a typical living wall that simply covered the existing surface with plants, he constructed a piece of architecture (or vegitecture) that acts like any conventional building, with a door, stairs and floors. But unlike any other building, it has plants for walls.
Unlike other vertical gardens that require a crane to fertilize or replace plants, gardeners simply climb the stairs and aided by a pulley-system and swappable planter boxes can keep the vertical garden in an ever-green state. A drip irrigation system keeps water use low and upkeep at a minimum.
Given my experience climbing the 8 floors with a camera bag, I don't doubt that it's upkeep is similar to any other urban garden. Now just add some vegetables and it might start to resemble a prototype for skyscraper farming.