Vertical Garden Madrid Reviews
Surely gardens are horizontal???? Sep 28, 2009
Madid's vertical garden covers a wall belonging to the CaixaForum and could be in the same review, except that I thought that a cultural centre and a vertical garden might well appeal to different people. The building itself was built as an electrical plant at the end of the nineteenth century.
The garden was designed by Patrick Blanc who designed a (fairly) similar one in Paris. Once noticed it appears as a work of art but it is surprising how many do not notice it. On the other hand many people visited Madrid prior to its installation in 2008.
The horticultural scale of the garden is most impressive. The 15,000 plants come from 250 different species. However the concept has not lacked controversy because of the huge volume of water needed to keep it green through Madrid's extremely hot summer.
You can read some of the arguments both ways on http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/01/15/vertical-gardens-by-patrick-blanc/ and make up your own mind. I can only say that, even if this is not an area short of greenery - which it is not - I found this vertical edition spectacular and I should love to think far more are on their way to areas with no other greenery.
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