Live Within Skin

December 5, 2009
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Vertical-garden wall system

Live Within Skin is a wall system comprised of engineered layers of lightweight plant growth medium. Designed by Greenmeme ecological designer Freya Bardell, the modular vertical garden integrates living vegetation with the built environment so that the walls can be proactively used to address issues of air quality, storm-water runoff, thermal insulation, and sound attenuation.

Live Within Skin walls can serve both interior and exterior applications and may be adapted to most environmental conditions through plant species selection, integrated irrigation, and lighting. Made up of four main layers consisting of plants, outer surface, growth layers, and irrigation, the modular wall panels may be “pre-grown” or planted on site. Whenever possible, the wall units also incorporate rainwater harvesting and catchment systems. The surfaces are designed with custom screen patterns tailored to the particular plants and growing conditions specified and are fabricated using digitally controlled water-jet or laser-cutting techniques.

Contact: Greenmeme, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

For more information, see Transmaterial 2: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine our Physical Environment

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