There are modular homes and modular walls and modular floors… but have you seen a modular plant? No? I hadn’t either.
But the clever folks at DIRTT Environmental Solutions looked into their imaginations and saw a vertical garden: rows and ranks of pretty, VOC-absorbing plants marching up any given wall. Then Sustainable Industries looked at Breathe and named it one of the Top Ten Building Products of 2011.
So what is this thing?
Its parent company calls Breathe a “simple system for incorporating plants into DIRTT walls… to bring nature indoors and beautify and detoxify interior spaces.” From a home-owner’s perspective, the modular planter looks like a splendid kitchen herb garden… or a sunroom fixture… or an arresting floral display in a well-lit entranceway. If mounted to the wall about four to six feet upward, it could be a boon for pet owners wishing to keep their house plants safe from marauding cats or dogs.
In addition to easy installment on DIRTT modular units the “living wall” can be mounted to any pre-existing flat, vertical building surface: a desirable treatment for dull, bare concrete or brick walls with nothing cheerful to say otherwise. Designers could content themselves with the simple statement of a single row of plants or potentially convert an entire wall into a soothing, visually delightful space.
Imagine banks of fragrant herbs or a living patchwork of flowers gracing the walls of a previously bare courtyard or boring employee break room. Wouldn’t that help company morale?
Imagine a relief of green writ large upon the so-often-uninspiring walls of academic institutions. A green school: lovely! Look at the pretties!
There’s a lot of potential for this product just waiting to be tapped. Take a moment to come see and find out more.