The Green Building in the heart of the East Market Street gallery corridor isn’t just a catchy name to describe the sustainable architecture of the potentially LEED Platinum structure. In the back courtyard of The Green Building, a plain painted block wall doesn’t look like much today, but eventually, it will be transformed into a “green wall” overflowing with plants. You may have heard of a green roof, like the one just installed at the Metro Development Center on Fifth Street, but these plants will literally be growing from the walls… intentionally. Louisville has seen many of examples of unintended green walls over the years, but this will be the first installation of a green wall in the city.
Green walls or living walls add significantly to the sustainability of a building, potentially providing enhanced thermal and acoustical insulation, shelter from destructive UV rays, reduce the urban heat island effect, absorb rainwater runoff, and provide a habitat for local wildlife. Not to mention they can be extremely beautiful. Below is an example of a complete “living facade” at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris. The museum was designed by Jean Nouvel, but the green wall was the work of Patrick Blanc, the world’s preeminent green wall artist.
While the wall likely won’t be installed until warmer weather arrives, the project is an exciting one and proves Louisville, and especially Gill Holland, mastermind behind The Green Building, is serious about sustainable architecture. We’re looking forward to see this one progress.
- The Green Building (Official Site)
- A Living Green Wall (Greenline)
- Photo gallery of green walls (ELT Easy Green)
- Patrick Blanc: Vertical Garden (Official Site)
- Vertical and Verdant (Architectural Record)
- Metro Development Center Set For A Green Roof (Broken Sidewalk)
- Unintended Green Architecture: Attack Of The Trees (Broken Sidewalk)
- Going For Platinum: Gallery NuLu’s Green Building (Broken Sidewalk)