CURBED's Barbara Eldredge takes a look at "Living Wall Lite", a 262-foot-tall green "scaffold" in front a former church in Mayfair, London.
Designed in collaboration by engineering firm Arup and Swedish plant-wall experts Green Fortune, the massive living wall was directly attached to the scaffold and holds "a meadow's-worth" of strawberry plants, wildflowers, and grasses. Rather than an eyesore, the under-construction building now resembles an urban farm.
Arup, quite keen on plant-covered buildings at the moment, released a report in September highlighting the many benefits of living walls in urban spaces. According to the firm, such green facades can reduce air pollution by between 10 and 20 percent, absorb noise pollution, and help with a building’s temperature regulation.
“Living Wall Lite has the potential to transform scaffolding and hoardings into much more than just a cover up,” said Arup facade engineer Alistair Law. “By introducing plants and flowers, we can create a more attractive and healthier environment for local residents, businesses and workers on site.”