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Modular planting system adds versatility to the living wall

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Ingameoffice has installed a green wall system into the TYJ Office Building in Shenzhen, China
Ingameoffice has installed a green wall system into the TYJ Office Building in Shenzhen, China
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Ingameoffice has installed a green wall system into the TYJ Office Building in Shenzhen, China
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Ingameoffice has installed a green wall system into the TYJ Office Building in Shenzhen, China
The green wall was installed as part of a broader office refurnbishment
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The green wall was installed as part of a broader office refurnbishment
The system is made of a grid of sealed interconnected tubes
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The system is made of a grid of sealed interconnected tubes
The tubes deliver water to the plants
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The tubes deliver water to the plants
Nutrients are added to the water before it is pumped to the plants
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Nutrients are added to the water before it is pumped to the plants
The green wall system can extend across multiple floors
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The green wall system can extend across multiple floors
The system can be built into different shapes
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The system can be built into different shapes
The planting can be used to soften building spaces
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The planting can be used to soften building spaces
The plants are set into the system at 20 cm (7.9 in) intervals
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The plants are set into the system at 20 cm (7.9 in) intervals
In the TYJ offices, the plants benefit from afternoon sunlight
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In the TYJ offices, the plants benefit from afternoon sunlight
The plants also provide shade for the TYJ offices
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The plants also provide shade for the TYJ offices
The plants help to purify the air in the offices
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The plants help to purify the air in the offices
Cotton threads run through the pots to draw water up into the soil from the pools
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Cotton threads run through the pots to draw water up into the soil from the pools
The system is clean and low maintenance
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The system is clean and low maintenance
The plant pots are made from recycled materials
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The plant pots are made from recycled materials
Greenery has a positive mental effect on office workers
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Greenery has a positive mental effect on office workers
Plants can be unplugged from the system and placed on desks
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Plants can be unplugged from the system and placed on desks
Office workers can swap and change the plants as they choose
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Office workers can swap and change the plants as they choose
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The benefits to health and wellbeing of having plants and greenery around an office are well documented. This project by Ingameoffice is more than just a few pot plants, though. Its TYJ Office Building refurbishment uses a vertical planting system in which plants can be moved around.

The "Green Wall" system was part of a broader refurbishment to the TYJ offices, but is perhaps the feature that most stands out, and is reminiscent of other planted walls, such as the installation at Edmonton International Airport. Large grids of sealed, interconnected piping make up various large, and sometimes multi-level, walls into which plants can be slotted. The grids of piping make for a pleasantly structured pattern that is softened with the planting. The piping also allows water to be pumped to the plants with the necessary nutrients added in.

The plants are set into special pots that slot into pools in the system at about 20 cm (7.9 in) intervals. Cotton threads run through the pots to draw water up into the soil from the pools, much like plant roots do. Moreover, the system can be built into different shapes and office workers are able to "unplug" plants for use on their desks, with the option to change plants as and when they fancy.

The TYJ implementation is installed on the west side of the company's offices in Shenzhen, China, allowing the plants to benefit from exposure to afternoon sunlight. It also provides shade for the offices when the sun is at its most intense helping to save on air conditioning requirements.

As well as the positive mental effect greenery has on office workers, the plants also "clean" the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and expelling oxygen. The system is clean and low maintenance and the plant pots are made from recycled materials.

Source: Ingameoffice

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