By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/14/16
Caixa Forum Museum Vertical Garden
6,458 sf. Greenwall
Project of the Week Description & Details
Situated in the heart of the Madrid’s cultural district, the Caixa Forum Museum is a modern art gallery and a refurbished 1899 power station. Located on the Avenida Prado across from the Prado Museum and botanical gardens, and in close proximity to the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums, exhibitions feature works from the foundation’s permanent collection (some 700 pieces by artists from the 1980s to the present), as well as temporary displays from other museums and foundations.
Designed and created by Patrick Blanc, the Le Mur Végétal hydroponic living wall faces the adjacent square and is accessible to the public who can walk up to touch and explore over 15,000 plantings. Nearly 300 different species were chosen by Patrick Blanc who had to keep in mind Madrid’s very demanding seasons – very hot in the summer and cold in the winter. The automated irrigation and fertilization system is zoned at different heights. Species include Dianthus deltoides, Lonicera nitida, Yucca filamentosa, Cistus purpureus, Cedrus deodara, Pilosella aurantiaca, Arenaria montana, Bergenia cordifolia, Cornus sanguinea, Lonicera pileata, Sedum alpestre, Campanula takesimana, Garrya elliptica, and different Begonias.
Owner: Caixa Foundation
Location: Madrid, Spain
Building Type: Museum
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 6,458 sq.ft.
Access: Accessible, Open to Public
Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Architect: Herzog & de Meuron
Greenwall Designer & Installation: Patrick Blanc
Greenwall System: Le Mur Végétal
General Contractor: Ferrovial Agroman
Greenwall Consultant: Benavides & Lapèrche
Irrigation Installation & Maintenance: Isla Verde
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~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP