A shopping mall in Italy is home to the world’s largest “living wall,” which has even made it into the Guinness Book of World Records.
Covering 13,594 square feet, the vertical garden near Milan bursts with more than 44,000 colorful mosses, flowers and other vegetation.
The wall cuts down on the mall’s energy consumption, cooling it during the hot Italian summer months and insulating it during the cooler winter. The plants also absorb noise, improve air quality and counteracts some car emissions from the parking lot.
It cost about $1.3 million to build. “It took us a year to grow the plants in a greenhouse and 90 days to build the facade. It was like building a giant Lego,” architect Francesco Bollani told the Daily Mail.
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