Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer Travels 2013 - Part 1: A Vertical Garden at the Dussmann-Haus in Berlin, Germany

Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus ("Dussmann the Culture Department Store") is a building in central Berlin that mainly contains a large German-language book store which also sells CDs, DVDs, and vinyl, as well as a somewhat smaller English-language book shop. Since 2012, the building's central atrium contains one of French botanist Patrick Blanc's famous vertical gardens. Arranged in three panels spanning three floors, the mur végétal is supposedly planted with 157 largely tropical species of foliage plants.

 Looking straight ahead at the wall

A more detailed sideview

The third panel

I am generally more impressed with Blanc's outdoor installations in temperate climates, not only since they evince an even greater skill in choosing the right plants than the indoor or tropical designs using mainly rainforest species well adapted to an epiphytic life but also because they tend to be more flowery. Nonetheless, I thought this was quite elegant.

7 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I love the look of vertical gardens but shudder at the thought of maintaining them!

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    1. Supposedly these really fancy ones by Blanc are largely automated, with only pruning left to manual labor.

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    1. And it came as quite the surprise after walking through the book store!

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  3. I came to know about vertical gardens through one of your older posts. The vertical garden with tropical foliage looks beautiful.

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    1. I am so happy to read that. They seem to be getting more and more common, which is definitely a trend I can get on board with.

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  4. Ich habe mir letzte Woche die bepflanzten Wände auf der IGS in Hamburg angesehen. Vertikales Gärtnern scheint ja jetzt Trend zu sein.
    VG Anette

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