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Large climbing plant walls

Metal plays a large role in the architectural style of the modern age. This concerns not only load-bearing elements like supports etc.; arbors, stairs, and whole facades are also erected from cable or bar constructions. It seems reasonable to use these components for high growing walls for plants also. Such constructions are sometimes even planned as additional wall faces only for green planting from time to time. Here we cover its history and provide some examples. You can find similar pictures under "balconies", "car parking lots" and "high greening."

Pergola with twiners, industrial builiding in Leipzig /Saxony


For centuries high growing constructions have been taken advantage of in farming to cultivate beer Hops. Perhaps the idea of instituting such growing walls as component part of architecture arose from it. The impetus for such projects was the 'MFO-Park' in Örlikon / Switzerland After the demolition of an old machine factory was planned there to transform the area into a recreational park. The contours of the old factory buildings were imitated by structural steel and planted with vigorous climbing varieties. The plants should conquer the metal lattices and convert the empty, airy zones to a green jungle. The project receives attention to this day and has served many architects as an example.

Tips for the Planning

With material from FassadenGrün you can create a small, curtained climber wall or simple cable networks. Very high climber walls work best in courtyards, because there the plants thrive better and are sheltered.The location plays a big role. It is advisable for the climbing construction to include the structural engineer early on in the planning. In turn, the big manufacturers of metal lattices or the wire-cable factories and ("suppliers ") can recommend from their experience, modules that may reduce costs. If plants are put in pails or buckets, the planning must be even more careful around the automatic eutrophication aspect to guarantee correct irrigation, etc.

Climbing plants (Dutchman's Pipe) in the "MFO-park" in Örlikon / Switzerland
Climbing plants (Dutchman's Pipe) in the "MFO-Park" in Örlikon / Switzerland

Picture Gallery

You can find examples of high, green growing walls here. Please click on the photo gallery! Further pictures under "Balconies", "Parking garages" and "High greening"

Growing plant structures for Hops cultivation
Temporary lattice construction from scaffolding poles as growing help for hops, student project, Weimar/Thuringia
Curved growing wall with horizontal steel yoke and vertical ropes as a demarcation of a clearance Rondells. Leipzig/Saxony
Growing wall with Dutchman's Pipe on vertical ropes in the vestibule of a modern residential building
Twiner's on vertical ropes with a horizontal bars lattices, savings bank Anklam/Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Growing wall with twiner's (Wisteria) as a continuation of an interrupted building lining-up, arts faculty of the University of Leipzig/Saxony
Growing wall with bittersweet, again Arts Faculty building of the University of Leipzig/Saxony
Lattice wall moved forward (off set) on insulation on the side of the facade and with Dutchman's Pipe, Erfurt Center /Thuringia
Arbors, University Clinical Complex, Leipzig/Saxony, greened with wild growing vine
Stairs and arcades, Housing Department in Leipzig-Probstheida / Saxony, greened with Dutchman's Pipe
Arbours, Housing Department in Leipzig-Probstheida/Saxony, greened with Wisteria and Kiwi
Greening of the arbors in the inner courtyard of an Industrial Housing Department. (One would think of a prison without plants here.) Old spinning mill, Leipzig/Saxony
Housing department with corridors on the outside. These arcade like hallways with their rails and lattices serve as climbing assistance walls for Ivy and other plants. Constance / Baden-Wuerttemberg.
Growing wall moved forward and from steel cable nets with wild shoots and vines (Vitis coignetiae), storehouse St. Benno Publishing House Leipzig/Saxony
Wild shoots and vines on wire nets, detail to the photo before
A façade greening with evergreen honeysuckle
Climbing assistance consisting of vertical wire ropes on an emergency stairway, thicket creeper
Plant growing construction with Dutchman's Pipe made up of cable in an inner courtyard, Dresden / Saxony