Biotecture’s living wall features in RHS Chelsea Gold Medal and ‘Best Show Garden’

Biotecture’s living wall features in RHS Chelsea Gold Medal and 'Best Show Garden'

Biotecture is celebrating the news that its PlantBox living wall system featured in this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal and coveted ‘Best Show Garden’.

Guangzhou Garden received the awards for its Chinese-inspired garden, which shows how cities of the future must be considered as landscape cities.

Designed by director Peter Chmiel and senior associate Chin-Jung Chen from Grant Associates, ‘The Guangzhou Garden’ took inspiration from Guangzhou, a port city northwest of Hong Kong on China’s Pearl River.

The pair’s Chinese-inspired garden paid homage to Guangzhou’s philosophy of giving equal consideration to the needs of people and wildlife through sustainable city planning strategies, reconnecting people and nature in a mutually beneficial relationship.

Biotecture’s installed a three metre high by 10 metre long living wall within the woodland dell section, supporting one of the garden’s core environmental strategies; improving air quality by using technology and nature working in harmony, a concept of the ‘green lung’.

As part of the living wall installation, Biotecture’s prototype Active Air technology, developed in collaboration with engineers from ‘We Design For’, was installed to pipe clean air created from the modular PlantBox living wall into the garden’s ‘social heart’ central structure for people to enjoy.

The Guangzhou Garden living wall Active Airflow system created air pressure that drew in polluted air through the leaf and root zones of the plants where harmful particulate matter and gas pollutants are removed and allowing the system to output clean air.

Along with tackling pollution from cars – traffic on the UK’s roads accounts for 32% of nitrogen oxides in the atmosphere – Biotecture’s  Active Air technology has the potential for improving indoor air quality in areas of buildings with limited natural airflow.

Biotecture’s living wall system also aids biodiversity, providing valuable forage for pollinators such as bees and butterflies. The foliage also provides further benefits in terms of removing airborne pollutants such as particulate matter, reducing urban temperatures and attenuating rainwater. At the same time, living walls contribute to a sense of well-being for those living and working close by.

The Guangzhou Garden was created in collaboration with garden design consultancy The Outdoor Room, with prominent bamboo structures developed in partnership with Xylotek, living walls from Biotecture and water features supplied by Bamber Wallis.

“Congratulations to Grant Associates for their thoroughly well-deserved Gold Medal and ‘Best Show Garden’ at RHS Chelsea,” said Richard Sabin, Managing Director at Biotecture. “The Guangzhou Garden encapsulated the benefits of reconnecting people and nature, while highlighting the benefits of responsible city planning. We are delighted our living wall played an important part in the overall design.”

Biotecture’s PlantBox living wall product  was used in six separate installations at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.


Biotecture’s living wall features in RHS Chelsea Gold Medal and ‘Best Show Garden’