Lifestyle / 26 Jan 2017
Adding Garden Elements to Commercial Buildings

Adding garden design to commercial buildings will bring color, texture, light, fresh air, and the warmth and comfort of growing, living plants into a space. They can also improve the energy efficiency and carbon footprint of the building.

For interior green spaces to be healthy, they need light and water. Many growing mediums are available that are lightweight and can support plant growth without soil, and designers have a huge range of tools and materials for designing indoor and outdoor commercial garden spaces.

Rooftop Gardens are extremely popular and can contribute to the energy efficiency of a building. Many new building plans incorporate rainwater catchment and solar panels to a rooftop garden design. Since plants, especially trees, sequester carbon, a rooftop garden will decrease the carbon footprint. But most importantly, a garden space will be extremely popular with staff and a major selling point for designers.

Interior vertical garden walls that incorporate water features are usually designed for soil-less medium or water-based growth, like hydroponics, so the weight of the planter and plants is not too great. Both interior and exterior garden walls provide color and texture to a space, as well as providing fresh air and the comfort of green spaces. They can delineate space without needing full walls. Garden walls can also help moderate noise. Adding the water sounds of a small incorporated fountain can both keep the wall healthy and decrease ambient noise.

Artists can combine ceramics and metalwork with small garden plants for mini urban farms– herb gardens in interior planters, hanging strawberries and cherry tomatoes, dwarf lemon trees, and creative sculptures that contain green and growing plants. Urban farm gardens, besides adding fruit and herbs, provide color, texture, and charm to a space. An onsite cafeteria or kitchen could grow lettuce, herbs, and other salad greens easily in decorative plantings that provide interior design.

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