The Student

botanist – noun: a biologist specialising in the study of plants.  I wonder if perhaps a plant ‘obsession’ could make me at least an honorary Botanist for a day or two. Having grown up on a farm I’ve always had a love for nature and wide open spaces, I’ve never met a plant I didn’t

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Kräuter trocknen und einfrieren – Aroma einfangen

In freundlicher Zusammenarbeit mit den Gartengeheimnissen von Lagerhaus Dass ich zu einem echten Freund von Pflanzen und allem was Grün ist geworden bin, hab ich schon im Beitrag zur Anleitung eines Avocadobaums erzählt (ja, sie leben immer noch!). Dabei gilt meine Liebe (die manches Mal immer noch einseitig ist – alles was in einem Mini-Topf… Continue reading

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10 pieces to create a beautiful outdoor space

One of the best parts of the warming weather is being outdoors. Planting flowers, grasses and even vegetables in our garden is one of my favorite ways to enjoy spring. Whether you have a small patio like me or a large yard with a big wooden deck, here …

Le House fills An’garden Cafe with plants to create an oasis in bustling Hanoi

Plants, trees and a pond introduce greenery into this cafe in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, designed by local studio Le House as a relaxing place to escape from the city’s busy streets. An’garden Cafe is located in the recently redeveloped Van Quan urban area, which is part of Hanoi’s densely populated Ha Dong district. The building

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Peter Veenstra to build dome of plants at Design Indaba venue in Cape Town

Dutch landscape architect Peter Veenstra has revealed plans to build a plant-covered bamboo sphere in Cape Town’s Luthuli Plaza, providing an extra venue for next year’s Design Indaba conference. Veenstra, co-founder of Rotterdam-based LOLA Landscape Architects, was invited by Design Indaba founder Ravi Naidoo to develop a proposal to transform the elevated plaza, which connects the Artscape Theatre Centre – where

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Wie man einen Avocadobaum zieht

Böse Zungen (David!) behaupten, ich hätte keinen grünen, sondern einen schwarzen Daumen. Na gut, mein Verschleiß an Sukkulenten im letzten Jahren war schon ziemlich hoch (ich weiß einfach nie was die wollen!! mal ist es zu wenig Wasser, dann gleich wieder viel zu viel .. sagt doch einfach was ihr braucht!) aber so ganz unfähig… Continue reading

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David Guerra wraps Brazilian house around courtyard filled with tropical plants

A cluster of cement- and stone-covered volumes conceal a garden of bushy grass, palm trees and colourful plants that architect David Guerra has created at the centre of this house in southeast Brazil. Comprising one- and two-storey cubes, Valley House II is a sprawling 7,500 square feet (696-square-metre) residence located on an elevated site in Nova

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SelgasCano transforms Richard Rogers’ former studio into another Second Home workspace

Spanish studio SelgasCano has completed a third plant-filled workspace for Second Home, in the west London building that housed Richard Rogers’ first architecture studio as well as providing the setting for cult 1960s film Blowup. Second Home Holland Park is the third venue that José Selgas and Lucía Cano have created for the London-based company, which provides studio

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Stefano Boeri designs first tree-covered social-housing project

Italian architect Stefano Boeri is bringing his vertical forest model to a social-housing project in Eindhoven, to show how green homes can be provided at affordable rents. Trudo Vertical Forest is a proposal for a 19-storey building boasting the same tree-covered balconies as the celebrated Bosco Verticale towers in Milan, completed by Stefano Boeri Architetti back in 2014, and

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Glazed extension to Taiwan home by 5X Studio provides views of plants and the sky

This extension to a house in Taiyuan City, Taiwan, contains independent living spaces for two brothers, which are connected by a glazed corridor that traverses a narrow plant-lined courtyard. Architects Joe Wang and Alfie Huang of local office 5X Studio designed the extension for clients who wanted their sons to have a sense of independence

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Vo Trong Nghia incorporates trees into chequerboard facade of Hanoi university building

Vo Trong Nghia Architects has completed an office building at Hanoi’s FPT University, featuring gridded facades that incorporate recessed windows shaded by trees. Nghia’s firm, which has offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, designed the administrative building as part of the first stage of a masterplan to upgrade the university’s campus, making it

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MVRDV’s “Seoul High Line” captured in new photographs

Four months after MVRDV revealed its plant-covered walkway on a former elevated highway in Seoul, photographer Jim Stephenson visited the project to see how it is settling into the city. Known by locals as the Seoul High Line, Seoullo 7017 is a 983-metre-long park created on a disused stretch of road built in the 1970s. Featuring

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Hearth Architects designs family house in Shiga with tree-planted atrium

This family house in Japan’s Shiga prefecture was designed by local studio Hearth Architects around an indoor garden, which is planted with a tree that extends towards a skylight. Kyomachi House is located in Koga, a city in the southern part of the Shiga Prefecture. The residence is set within the former boundary of the town of Minakuchi,

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DANstudio adds “green balconies” to facade of Hanoi townhouse

Big shelves create places for displaying pot plants on the facade of this house that DANstudio has completed on the outskirts of the Vietnamese capital. TH House was built as a part of a wider development, but Hanoi-based DANstudio was tasked with transforming it from a shell into a family home. To do this, the studio came

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Heatherwick Studio releases new video of 1000 Trees under construction in Shanghai

Thomas Heatherwick’s studio has revealed its own video and photographs of its tree-covered development in Shanghai, following the release of drone footage earlier this week. Heatherwick Studio’s 1000 Trees, previously called Moganshan, is currently under construction next to the city’s M50 arts district. The huge tree-covered development design is split across two sites, connected by a narrow strip of land containing a

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Stefano Boeri designs “vertical forest” city to eat up China’s smog

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has unveiled plans for a city near China’s Liuzhou, featuring towers completely covered in trees and plants to combat air pollution. The Liuzhou Forest City will feature nearly 40,000 trees and almost one million plants, comprising 100 different species. The greenery is designed to trail over balconies and the roofs of a series of skyscrapers spanning 175 hectares along the

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Dezeen’s latest Pinterest board is blooming with plant-covered buildings

Influenced by Herzog & de Meuron’s recently completed leafy tower in Beirut, our featured Pinterest board this week is sowed with plant-covered buildings from around the world. It includes Studio 102’s verdant office and showroom in Hanoi and a green Parisian apartment tower by Maison Edouard François. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest ›

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Herzog & de Meuron uses staggered floors to create plant-covered terraces at Beirut tower

Staggered floor plates and set-back glazing create large planted terraces around this 119-metre tower by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, which overlooks Beirut’s marina. Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron designed Beirut Terraces as part of a new masterplan developing around the St Georges Hotel. This area of the Lebanese capital is gradually being regenerated following a devastating car bomb attack

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Tea House in Li Garden by Atelier Deshaus

Located in the Xuhui district of Shanghai, the tea house in Li Garden was developed by Chinese architect’s office Atelier Deshaus. The building owns a large courtyard towards the entrance gate and sits in the northwest corner where a paulownia tree g…

Stefano Boeri reveals plans for tree-covered towers in Nanjing

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has unveiled plans for a “vertical forest” in China, a pair of towers covered with trees and trailing plants in the centre of Nanjing. Over 1,000 trees, 2,500 cascading plants and shrubs will line the facades of the Nanjing Vertical Forest, which is already under construction in the city’s Pukou District. The mixed-used development commissioned by

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Vo Trong Nghia completes Vietnam hotel featuring walls of hanging plants

Greenery overflows from concrete planters set into the sandstone walls of this hotel, designed by Vo Trong Nghia’s firm for historic Vietnamese town Hoi An. Vietnam-based Vo Trong Nghia Architects designed the Atlas Hoi An Hotel for an irregular shaped plot in Hoi An’s Old Town. Made up of four raised volumes, it features 48 rooms, with views of greenery from both

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Edouard François creates plant-covered housing block to disperse seeds across Paris

Plants grow up the exterior of this green apartment tower in Paris, France, which was designed by local firm Maison Edouard François to spread seeds across the city. Maison Edouard François designed the M6B2 Tower of Biodiversity to show that high-rise structures can be used to create environmentally friendly cities with plenty of plant and animal life. Benefitting from an exemption to the

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CHROFI wins Australian conservatory contest with “hovering cube” design

Sydney studio CHROFI has won a competition to create a new conservatory at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra with plans for a raised cube dressed in curtain-like glazing. The Ian Potter National Conservatory contest called for a centre to both display and conserve rare and threatened tropical plants. It will also form a key attraction for the botanical gardens in Canberra,

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Ambulance station by Architectenforum features plant-covered walls and a curved roof

This ambulance station in the Dutch town of Zeist features a curved wooden framework and sloping walls covered with climbing plants to help it blend into its woodland setting (+ slideshow). Utrecht studio Architectenforum designed the ambulance station for a site on the edge of the town, which is adjacent to a hospital and flanked on its More

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after a slow weekend

It’s Sunday night and I’m trying to wrap my head around this week’s to-do’s. I got sick last week which always frustrates me because I fall behind with everything…you should see the house. Laundry anyone?Whatever strange sickness I had has come and g…

Stepped garden tops House in Nha Trang by Vo Trong Nghia and Masaaki Iwamoto

A large tiered garden forms the roof of this house in the coastal Vietnamese city Nha Trang, which architect Vo Trong Nghia designed in partnership with former colleague Masaaki Iwamoto (+ slideshow). Vietnam-based Nghia and Tokyo architect Iwamoto worked in partnership on the design of House in Nha Trang, aiming to offer residents as much outdoor space as possible. The lack More

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A Sky Garden In Istanbul

Suspended in air above Ortaköy Square, Istanbul, ‘Sky Garden’ not only introduces greenery to one of the busiest spot in the city, but also provides pedestrians with shade and seating.
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Vo Trong Nghia Architects plans leaning, plant-covered towers for Bac Ninh city hall

Vo Trong Nghia Architects has designed a city hall for the Vietnamese city of Bac Ninh comprising a pair of planted towers, which lean together at the centre to frame a series of elevated viewing decks (+ slideshow). The Vietnamese studio, which is known for its plant-covered architecture and bamboo structures, designed the two verdant blocks for a seven-hectare-site More

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DHS greenhouse

An elegant solution for those who want to grow from seed but might not have the space for their own outdoor greenhouse, Greenhouse was designed by Atelier 2+ for Wallpaper’s Annual Handmade Exhibition. Greenhouse is now being produced by Design House S…

Botanical Garden

Minimal interior inspiration with cacti and succulents. Plant inspiration. Cactus and plant photographs. Where to go in Berlin. Minimal monochromatic outfit

OYO’s House Pibo features a sloping green roof and split-level interior

An angular entrance and roof intersect the plant-covered roof of this wedge-shaped house, completed by architects office OYO in the Belgian village of Maldegem (+ slideshow). Ghent-based OYO – whose previous projects include a monolithic concrete house extension – was given an open brief for this new property, so decided to focus on creating an More

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Buildings in bloom feature on Dezeen’s updated plants Pinterest board

Jean Nouvel has completed a tower with foliage bursting out of perforated walls and wide balconies, so we’ve added this and more verdant architecture to our Pinterest board dedicated to plants. It also includes Vo Trong Nghia’s hotel with hanging gardens on its facades and a foliage-strewn house near Brussels by French botanical artist Patrick Blanc. More

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Jean Nouvel’s Cyprus tower has plants bursting through its walls

French studio Ateliers Jean Nouvel has built a tower block in Nicosia, Cyprus, featuring perforated walls and wide balconies that are both bestrewn with plants (+ slideshow). Completed last year next to Eleftheria Square, the 67-metre-high Tower 25 is one of the tallest structures in the Cypriot capital, and includes a mix of apartments, offices and More

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Heatherwick reveals Shanghai complex envisaged as “two tree-covered mountains”

Heatherwick Studio has unveiled plans for a vast tree-covered development beside Shanghai’s art district, which will feature a large wedge-shaped block modelled on a mountain. The British firm led by designer Thomas Heatherwick was commissioned to design the Moganshan project for a six-hectare plot next to Shanghai’s contemporary art district. The 300,000-square-metre mixed-used development gains its name More

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Studio Marco Vermeulen adds grass blanket over rooftop pyramids of Dutch island museum

The hexagonal pyramids on the roof of this museum are now covered in a layer of grass, helping the building settle into its marshland environment in the Netherlands (+ slideshow). Rotterdam firm Studio Marco Vermeulen carried out the renovation of the Biesbosch Museum – a building with multiple pitched roofs – and added a new wing for contemporary art. The local […]

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Stefano Boeri unveils plans for “vertical forest” tower in Switzerland

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has revealed designs for a plant-covered 36-storey tower in Lausanne, Switzerland, continuing the “vertical forest” concept he trialled with a pair of towers in Milan (+ slideshow). According to Boeri, the building in the Chavannes-Près-Renens district of the city will be the first tower in the world to be covered with evergreen trees. The predominantly residential 117-metre-tall building will […]

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Penda highlights global water crisis with meadow pathway installation

Architecture studio Penda has designed a meadow containing sunken pathways and concealed meeting places, which opens next month as part of China’s International Garden Expo 2015. The temporary installation, named Where the River Runs, will invite visitors to follow the path of an imaginary river as it winds its way through the landscape. The aim is to […]

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Cave-shaped and plant-covered museum by Kengo Kuma is dedicated to Filipino history

An artificial ravine will carve through the centre of Kengo Kuma’s Museum of Indigenous Knowledge in the Philippines, which is shaped like a hollowed-out lump of rock (+ slideshow). The 9,000-square-metre museum by Japanese firm Kengo Kuma & Associates will be situated in the Philippine capital, Manila. History exhibitions within the Museum of Indigenous Knowledge […]

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MVRDV’s plant-covered proposal wins Ravel Plaza Amsterdam competition

Protruding bay windows and angular balconies feature in Rotterdam firm MVRDV’s proposal for a greenery-covered high-rise complex in Amsterdam’s financial district. Working with property developer OVG Real Estate, MVRDV was selected by the municipality of Amsterdam to design the Ravel Plaza Amsterdam, which will house apartments, offices and commercial spaces. The proposal features three conjoined buildings of varying heights, with flat […]

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That Plant Life

Different types of cacti (cactus) and succulents.

herbs

I have a little project coming up involving creating your own herb garden, drawing inspiration from this and the grey/green/burlap combo.

Spiky Obsession

Succulents and cacti are the perfect green addition to a minimalistic Scandinavian inspired interior.

Schemata Architects converts Tokyo factory into artist’s studio with an indoor garden

A chipboard shed and a herb garden occupy the top floor of this former factory in Tokyo that Schemata Architects has converted into a workshop for a kimono designer (+ slideshow). The Tokyo-based studio led by architect Jo Nagasaka transformed an old steel-framed factory building in Sumida ward to create the three-storey workspace for Takahashi Hiroko, an artist and […]
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SS15 collection Ferm-living

Ferm-Living came with some beautiful new products for SS 2015. The products and the images are wonderful with the soft colors, the green and the geometric shapes! Would love to add some of these new products to my home!You’ll find more of the new colle…

Woodland greenhouse by Divooe Zein Architects provides shelter for flora and fauna

Divooe Zein Architects has installed an arced structure covered in nets to shelter a woodland glade near the Taiwanese capital, Taipei (+ slideshow). The branches of existing trees poke through the mesh covering of the 270-square-metre polytunnel that was constructed by local studio Divooe Zein Architects. Related story: Studio Nomad’s mirror installation reflects fragments of forest at a Hungarian […]
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our love for green

‘Mooi wat planten doen’ is an initiative of the Flower Council of Holland and is dutch for ‘Beautiful what plants do’. It has been proven that you feel better with plants around you and thanks to the Flower Council you can experience this in the First or Second store in Alkmaar.You’ll find a wide variety of indoor plants, often several cultivars of one kind. Both hanging as standing plants. Totally green or colored blooming and we picked some of our favorites to share with you!A dark green room plant like this Alocasia Calidora gives your living room a fresh look. It ensures peace and simplicity, but is on the other hand a true eye-catcher in your workspace or living room.Macramé plant hangers are very trendy right now! It takes a little time but it’s simple to create them. Fun for yourself or as a (Christmas)gift.We also really like these mini Succulents. Make your own little garden by mixing them up and put them together in a low box and they fit perfectly into different spaces.For more tips for the (busy) plants lover, DIY & give-away-tips, plants for XS to XL rooms and all the trends in the field of plants… You’ll find it all here!Images by April and May

Chunky tower covered in plants proposed for Taiwan’s capital

Architect Fernando Menis has developed a concept for a residential tower complex with rock-like walls, a cavernous swimming pool and plants growing out of every crevice. Proposed for a site in Taipei, Taiwan, Agora Garden was designed by Tenerife-based Fernando Menis as a way to bring nature back into the city, by combining it with domestic environments. Related story: Conceptual skyscraper […]
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