A newly installed living wall at the University of Delaware’s Tower at STAR brings the outdoors in, offering inspiration, relaxation and renewal - along with improved air quality - for students, faculty, staff and community partners needing to catch their breath in this one-of-a-kind space.
The Tower at STAR is newest structure on the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus.
The Nash M. Childs Living Wall features more than 5,000 plants growing horizontally, away from the wall, in the north atrium between the Tower at STAR and the Health Sciences Complex. With a swirl of varying hues, shapes and 25 different plant species in the palette, the 1,000-square-foot living wall is one of the largest indoor landscaping walls in the region.
The Living Wall was installed by EcoWalls of Bordentown, N.J., and this space is a visual reminder of the College of Health Sciences’ overall mission of promoting health and wellness. Michael Coraggio, founder and design principal of EcoWalls, said some plants, including spathiphyllum and philodendron, were selected because they can absorb volatile organic compounds and other harmful indoor air contaminants. Others have a soothing fragrance, including hoyas, which smell like chocolate, as well as vanilla orchids.
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