One of the first things to be sacrificed with the trend towards living in the city centre is the garden; there is just not much room for a decent sized backyard when you live in an apartment or a small sized terrace house. But all around the world, landscape designers and architects are coming up with very clever ways of incorporating a little bit of green space back into the urban jungle.
Camper Hotel – Barcelona
Here at the Casa camper Hotel in Barcelona you won’t find your typical garden. This vertical garden (pictured above) is made up of 117 potted plants on an 18m high shelving system.
Casa Camper Hotel
Carrer Elisabets 11
Allotment Garden – Copenhagen
An allotment garden is a small area of land leased by the government to its citizens for the purpose of gardening. It’s a top idea and Danes have the highest number of allotments per capita in the world. It is generally about ½ an hour by bike to one’s allotment garden in Denmark. In Copenhagen where 80% of homes are apartments, very few people have backyard gardens so allotments are very popular.
The Mikkelsen family is a typical young Danish family who love their garden. On their allotment they have a small cottage and in their garden they have flowers, a playhouse for the kids, strawberries, potatoes, onions and peas.
Roppongi Hills - Tokyo
In a mega city like Tokyo you might think it’s hard to find a piece of green, but here at Roppongi Hills, architects and landscape designers have worked together to create a vertical village that has green rooms that are rooted into the earth and touch the sky.
Almost every rooftop in Roppongi Hills has a garden. A type of technology used in skyscrapers called ‘green mass damping’ was used to stabilise the building under the weight of 3650 tonnes of soil. What’s on top and in the garden is 1300 square meters of rice paddies, flowering trees and Japanese vege patch.
This is a glimpse into the future of vertical cities.
Roppongi, Minato-Ku 106 - 0032
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