Nowadays, gardens seem to be a thing of the past. We are constantly running out of time and space. But this isn’t stopping anyone in Bogota, Colombia from coming up with a solution. Colombian group Groncol has created Santalaia, an 11-story vertical garden.
The plants produce enough oxygen for around 3,000 people each year and act as a giant air purifier.
“A city like Bogota only has around four square meters per inhabitant of green areas and… we should have at least 15. So this is truly a reminder for the whole city that buildings need to be greener, a lot greener, so we can compensate the lack of parks, the lack of green areas and have a much healthier city for the people,”
Maintenance uses rainwater and recycled shower water to keep the structure green. On rainy days, Mother Nature takes care of things.
“A tree is always more efficient for compensating carbon footprint. But since we don’t have enough space in the city to plant so many trees, we have to use unused space like walls and roofs to be able to compensate, so these solutions of having vertical gardens and having green roofs are great,”
Looks like we’re running out of excuses not to go green. Who says trees can’t make a difference?