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Tadao Ando's Green Wall Unveiled In Japan's Osaka City
11/6/13

 

 

Tadao Ando's Green Wall Unveiled In Japan's Osaka City

A huge wall covered with flowers and greenery was unveiled in an office district of Osaka in western Japan on Tuesday, attracting passersby.

The nine-meter-high, 78-meter-wide wall forming part of a high-rise building is covered with about 100 varieties of plants including cosmos, Japanese media reported.

'Kibo No Kabe' (wall of hope) is the pet project of Osaka-born architect Tadao Ando who completed it in five months with the cooperation of local businesses. He wanted to make Osaka more beautiful by adding greenery making residents cheerful.

 

Back in June this year, it was reported that Tadao Ando’s plans for this monumental green ‘wall of hope’ along the Shin Umeda city complex could be thwarted. Slated to run along the painstakingly landscaped grounds of the complex, the proposal was called into question ideas about creative identity and the conceptual limits of copyrights. The landscape architect responsible for the ground level garden design, Motoo Yoshimura, himself an Osaka legend with 1,200 garden designs to his name– had filed a petition to suspend the construction of the vegetated wall. The whole complex is a synthesis of the built form, environment and sky.
 

Source: RTTNews and Japan Times

 

 

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