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Video & Project of the Week for January 12, 2015: Hotel Santo Domingo Hanging Garden

on January 13, 2015 at 10:37 am under Project of the Week: 1/12/15

Hotel Santo Domingo Hanging Garden
Madrid, Spain
11,044 sf. Greenwalls


Project Description & Details

Located in the heart of Madrid, the Hotel Santo Domingo is a comfortable boutique 4 star hotel dedicated to artistic creation, designed to host all kinds of events and offer a full range of services. The proprietors decided to cover the barren interior courtyard walls since 70 out of its 200 rooms overlooked the bare space, but it was a challenge to create original, spectacular and stunning views. In line with the hotel owners’ artistic and ecological aesthetic, along with a desire to provide differentiation and added value to its customers, a spectacular living vertical garden was desired.

Designed by architect Félix González Vela, the beautiful inner courtyard showcases the world’s largest hanging garden (according to Guinness World Records as of November 23, 2011): an immense 1,026 m2 wall of greenery (including the vegetated terraced areas, 844 m² without) with an impressive 20 meter high waterfall. In total, more than 2,500 varieties of non-allergenic trees and shrubs, climbing plants and herbs highlighting seasonal species were used in 400 staggered planters of different sizes with about 40,000 liters of specially designed growing media. Eight trees reach 5 meters high and there are about 30 smaller shrubs; the vertical garden is estimated to absorb 25,000 kg of CO2 per year.

The hanging garden also has an advanced system of night lighting technology with LEDs that delight guests and visitors, offering a show of varying colors during day and nighttime. Inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the 22.9 meter high greenwall is one of the hotel’s masterpieces ensuring colorful year round vegetation.

Find more photos and additional information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Thank you to PRONATUR for supplying additional information about the Hotel Santo Domingo Hanging Garden.

Year: 2011
Owner: Hotel Santo Domingo
Location: Madrid, Spain
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Living Wall
System: Custom
11,044 sq.ft.
Slope: 2%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenwall Designer: Architect Félix González Vela
Chief Executive Officer & General Manager: Antonio Núñez Tirado, Hotel Santo Domingo
Landscape Designer, Construction Manager & Maintenance: Manuel Pasquín Agero, Semper Veris
Plant Supplier: Los Peñotes Garden Center
Maintenance Company: Deorada Natura


Project of the Week Video Feature

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