Small city gardenContemporary Patio, Amsterdam
Here seen from the basement, where the bedroom is situated.
Cosy outside living room. Sitting underneath the pergola with a protecting cloth. Garden made up of 50-50 plants-hard materials. Transparent bridge over a small pond. Lighting provided for evening use.
What Houzz contributors are saying:
While high-rises that incorporate green space have been seen as breaking new ground in residential greening, they, too, come with environmental challenges. “Just think about the weight of the building. Vegetation of this size needs at least one metre of soil thickness. Do you know what a cubic metre of earth weighs? Almost the same as concrete! And as the earth is wet, it weighs even more,” Moisés Royo says. “Doesn’t it seem absurd that we make buildings with such a high execution cost and such expensive materials in the structure to support that weight, that the tree we plant will never be enough to mitigate the ecological footprint of its construction?” he says.That’s not to say these forms can’t be adopted in ways that make our lives better, and are environmentally friendly, too – it just takes some sustainable thinking. Russian architect Gleb Kalyuzhnyuk of OOO GeogGraffiti, for example, stresses the importance of alternative living wall models that work with local plants and conditions. At a talk at the 2019 International Competition of Urban Landscape Design, Flower Jam, in Moscow, he discussed green wall models that use collected rainwater irrigation, and proposed the alternative of greening vertical surfaces with native mosses, which are better suited to the cold Russian climate than imported vines. “Walls get filled with greenery on their own, completely naturally,” he says. “And why not try, as a working version, to use panels seeded with moss and a substrate that’s available for its growth.”