Thursday, 29 October 2015
MUSÉE DU QUAI BRANLY- a Green Building, 37 quai Branly, Paris France
But it is not just the exhibitions which draws one to the Musee du Quai Branly. The Museum also sports something, which is catching on in the big cities. A Green facade, a living wall. An exterior wall that is covered in vegetation. Not some vine that is clinging to the wall but something deliberate; a “vertical garden”. There are three types of green walls. Living walls, green facades and retaining living walls. A green façade is vines and climbing plants or cascading ground cover, which grows on supporting structures and roofs. Living walls are composed of pre-vegetated panels, modules, planted blanks that are affixed to a structural wall or free-standing frame. Green walls have been found to cut air pollutions, cut down on the noise pollution as well as cooling the surrounding area. Instead of concrete and brick reflecting the sun and heating up the surrounding area the green wall absorb the heat.