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McArthurGlen's Designer Outlet's green wall

Biotecture's living walls reconnect urban landscapes with nature

Biotecture is spotlighting its portfolio of green walls that "integrate natural features into urban spaces" during the Dezeen x Planted collaboration for London Design Festival.

Green infrastructure company Biotecture describes itself as the UK's leading provider of living wall design, installation and maintenance.

Its designs are intended to contribute to cleaner air in public spaces through the absorption of gases like carbon dioxide, which can in turn help to mitigate pollution and improve people's health.

The living walls are also intended to reconnect people with nature, which is believed to boost comfort and productivity levels when occupying a space.

Green wall at Wimbledon's No. 1 Court
The No 1 Court living wall. Top image: McArthurGlen's Designer Outlet

Within its portfolio, a stand-out project is its wall at the Big Screen at the No 1 Court at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon.

This was awarded the Living Walls Installations Award from the British Association of Landscape Industries.

Millbrook Roundabout green wall by Biotecture
The Millbrook Roundabout green wall

Elsewhere, it installed the UK's first living wall on a highway, taking the form of ten freestanding structures by Millbrook Roundabout – one of Southampton's busiest roundabouts.

While helping to reduce air pollution in the city, it was designed to soften the visual impact of the concrete flyover.

Millbrook Roundabout green wall by Biotecture
A close up of one green wall at Millbrook Roundabout

During the expansion to McArthurGlen's Designer Outlet in Ashford, Biotecture created one of the world's largest living walls – measuring over 2,000-square-metres and incorporating 120,000 plants.

More recently, it created a living backdrop for the Planted Unplugged stage at London Design Festival, which will be host to a three-part talks programme addressing how cities can be reconnected with nature.

Dezeen x Planted

Exhibitor: Biotecture

Planted is a contemporary design event that aims to reconnect cities with nature, which will make its physical debut as part of London Design Festival alongside an online trailer for next year's main event.

The Planted x Dezeen collaboration presents a series of projects by international designs that align with the ideals of the Planted design event.

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Green wall at The No. 1 Court in Wimbledon