Imagine my surprise the other day when I walked down 86th towards 2nd Avenue and saw this. Could this be more than a trend? Possibly the beginning of something more long-term for our city? There are a few more shots after the jump, along with a Google Map for anyone who wants to go see.
It is the first outdoor green wall I have seen in NYC with my own eyes. Pure Yoga appears to be owned by Equinox Gym. I have seen the idea on the web and in magazines, but am happy to now have one to observe through the seasons right on my way to work. It may or may not be successful over the longterm, but it will be very important for future designers to learn from and make the idea more functional and accessible to the rest of us. When I walked by this past week the irrigation system appeared to have sprung a leak and was spattering water on the building front. Can you see this eventually being refined and trickling down to the individual consumer? Or expanded upon to be a major and economical element in urban building and planning? I would love to have one in my own apartment. Let's wait and see. Although G-Sky is a major maker of vertical plant wall components, even working with WholeFoods and Starbucks, it's unclear if this is one of their projects. You can see a collection of their works on their website here. matt at apartment therapy dot com