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Style Era - Building Greening in the Past and Today

When  buildings are to be greened up, style questions arise sooner or later.  Also: Which plants and growing systems are adequate? Or vice versa: "What does not work for me at all on my house or building"? The answers are very dependent on the date of origin of the buildings construction. Therefore the following pages treat the protection of historical monuments and different style epochs (eras) up to modern buildings. You can find suggestions and examples; at the same time we try to draw a history of building greening (source: Rudi Baumann, "Greened Architecture", Callway 1983). In the next chapter of "Ideas" it deals with different concepts of building greening.

Façade greened with wisteria
Greening and monument protection

Monument protection

The greening of old houses

Historical greening


Earliest traces 

Monastery courtyard in Bernburg

Romanesque & Gothic

Middle Ages approx. 800-1500

Greened baroque house

Renaissance & Baroque

approx. 1500 - 1770

Classicism in Eutin


approx. 1770 - 1840

Baths-Architecture, Binz / Rügen


approx. 1850 - 1914

Garden city in Jena

The Garden City

 approx. 1900 - 1940

Growing system on a International style house

New modern

"Bauhaus" as of approx. 1920

Building greening on house

Env. movement

Town green up  circa. 1970