And I Thought Gardens Are For Land, Not On Buildings. I Was Wrong.

Looking at this structure from afar reminded me of an old building, overgrown with plants, abandoned and unattended. But a closer look at it completely changed my mind! I never imagined a building could look like a garden. Literally.

This vertical garden in the city of Vitoria- Gasteiz took my breath away! Its exterior has been made for the Palacio de Congresos Europa (Palace of Congresses Europe). Designed by Urbanarbolismo, the plant facade has been made to help bring the ecosystem Alava city center. With a total area of 1492m2, of which 1000m2 are an hydroponic vertical garden system f + p and 492m2 are made of climbing plants covering the windows, the vertical garden is a wonder to behold. The garden has used more than 33,000 native plants of different varieties from Alava and the Basque Country.

Vertical Garden Exerior

One of the reason in creating the vertical garden was to improve energy consumption of the Palace of Congresses. The vertical garden “f + p preplant ” system adds a thermal resistance of 2,644 m2.K / W . This represents a 270% increase on the existing facade insulation, resulting in energy savings.

Vertical Garden Base

A socket backlit corten steel is placed at the base of the garden. Here, an explanation of the composition of the vertical garden as well as its ecosystems are seen. Kids and and those who love learning new things will surely love reading the entire base!

Vertical Garden

The exterior of the building is completely bizarre and needs a bit of time to get used to. But it certainly is a head-turner!

Vertical Garden Wall

Take a look at this view of the wall! Imagine walking unto it! Wow!

Vertical Garden Facade

This portion of the building looks quiet amazing. I wouldn’t mind passing here daily, would you?

Vertical Garden Light

At night, the a portion of building lights up and illuminates it.

The building provides an interesting addition when walking in the center of Vitoria- Gasteiz. It would be like being reminded to take care of Mother Earth and at the same time enjoying the view that the structure offers!