The Oasis of Aboukir green wall
by Patrick Blanc

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Patrick Blanc, the inventor of living walls, has completed his latest vertical garden, covering the side of a five-storey Parisian block with waves of 7600 plants (+ slideshow).

The Oasis of Aboukir by Patrick White for Paris Design Week

L'Oasis D'Aboukir (the Oasis of Aboukir) is a 25-metre-high green wall by botanist and researcher Patrick Blanc, which covers a building facade in the second arrondissement of the city.

The wall features plants from 237 different species and appears to grow up the facade in diagonal waves. It was planted in the spring and covers the previously raw concrete facade on the corner of Aboukir Street and Petits Carreaux street.

The Oasis of Aboukir by Patrick White for Paris Design Week

"I am very happy to contribute to the welfare and environmental consciousness of the inhabitants of a historic district in the heart of Paris," said Blanc, who has been creating green walls for more than 30 years.

The Oasis of Aboukir by Patrick White for Paris Design Week

The installation will be officially opened on Tuesday to coincide with Paris Design Week, which runs from 9 to 15 September.

The Oasis of Aboukir by Patrick White for Paris Design Week

Other living walls we've featured recently include London's largest green wall in Victoria that the designers said will combat flooding and a family house that conceals a wall of plants behind its slate-clad facade.

The Oasis of Aboukir by Patrick White for Paris Design Week
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The Oasis of Aboukir by Patrick White for Paris Design Week

Photographs are by Yann Monel.

  • Adi Lamror

    This makes me very happy :3

  • JF

    It was a lot better before.

  • Michel and Dina

    “The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines.”

    - Frank Lloyd Wright

  • Benjamin

    How much? £50,000?

  • Xnt

    “The inventor of living walls” Can you please remove that line?

  • Nickoj

    Like most of Mr Blanc’s work, it is spectacular in effect. However, his installations never make aesthetic sense to me. Big lush panels of green life with sharp defined edges?

  • Shen

    Why all this ‘green wall’ trend, it doesn’t even look right in this context. I am sure you all know ‘house being green’ has more than one meaning.

    • LLL

      Exactly! This project just demonstrates another meaning for a ‘house being green’.

  • Concerned Citizen

    I’m just wondering… how does Blanc take credit for living walls that predate his birth?

  • Francino

    And nobody talks about the cost? Unless Mr. Blanc gives us the maintenance figures, I see no reason to gush about this yet another frivolous pretence. Trivializes the seriousness of sustainability.