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Greenwall Project of the Week for January 13, 2014: Musée du quai Branly

on January 14, 2014 at 4:49 pm under Project of the Week: 1/13/14

Musée du quai Branly
Paris, France

8,600 sq. ft Greenwall


Project Description & Details

Situated close to the Eiffel Tower, the Musée du quai Branly, known in English as the Quai Branly Museum – nicknamed MQB – is a museum in Paris, France that features indigenous art, cultures and civilizations from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. The museum complex contains several buildings, as well as a mediatheque and a garden. Designed by architect Jean Nouvel, its most noticeable feature is the stunning 200 m long by 12 m tall hydroponic living wall by Dr. Patrick Blanc covering the entire northwest façade.

Facing the River Seine with a park and small streets in between, the micro-climate creates a good environment for a large variety of plants. Patrick selected a range of species from the world’s main temperate zones, essentially from the northern hemisphere (North America, Europe, the Himalayas, China, Japan). A few of the species were collected in Korea and Japan, such as Elastostema umbellatum, Pilea petiolaris, and Ixeris stonlonifera. He also incorporated a few species from the southern hemisphere’s temperate zones, such as Berberis darwinii and B. linearifolia from Chile and Phygelius capensis from South Africa.

Year: 2005
Owner: Musée du quai Branly
Location: Paris, France
Building Type: Museum
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 8,600 sq.ft.
Grade: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Jean Nouvel
Green Wall Designer & Installation: Patrick Blanc
Green Wall System: Le Mur Vegetal
Planning Phase Project Director: Françoise Raynaud
Construction Project Director: Isabelle Guillauic

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