One of many ways to reintegrate nature into cities is creating vertical gardens …
The client has been inspired by Patrick Leblanc, a pioneer in this area, so he designed the system and asked us to help building it. So, suddenly, we were involved in a fantastic project to greenify a 7 x 3 concrete wall in an office in Burleigh Heads, QLD, Australia!!
The design was defined by the client and we started the building of a vertical garden on a concrete wall, with a fish tank at the bottom which in the future could turn into a full office aquaponics system.
Vertical gardens have multiple benefits (see HERE ) and this one was challenging, as it has a big area (7 x 3 m. tall), needed to last for a long time (very durable materials), had to withstand constant moisture and had limited sun light.
So, the building steps where more or less like these …
- We built a fish tank.
- Waterproofed the walls and put pond plastic to hold the water.
- Attached panel holding bars to the walls to hold the growing panels in position and hold the plastic.
- Built the panels with square galvanised steel.
- We used PET reused plastic felt (recycled from PET plastic bottles), as the growing media in a hydroponics style setup.
- Attached the felt, with stainless steel staples, to the hard foam panels.
- Fixed the panel to the frames.
- Put the frames in position and fixed them to the wall bars.
- Installed plumbing, with holed pvc pipes running on top, below the felt.
- Put a pump inside the fish tank to push the water upwards.
- Installed the growing lights …
and the plants and goldfish !
Fish tank building
Frames building and installation
Some videos … !!