A London co-working office building has installed an 240-plant indoor green wall as a trial to measure the health benefits of indoor horticulture.
Build Studios in the Waterloo area of central London, which provides office space for built environment professionals, decided to install the green wall to create what the building owner calls an eco-sanctuary for workers.
Biotecture UK installed in the 2460mm by 2290mm Botanic ART wall at the co-working space, which features 240 plants including climbing fig, green ferns and English ivy. The Peace Lily plant is also included - one of the easiest plants to grow and maintain - but also identified by NASA as the plant most appropriate to be taken to the international space station due to the very high tolerance it has to absorbing air pollution.
Build Studios director Helen Santer said: "We are very excited to be trialling the impact plants can have on office well-being and air purification. We know plants reduce stress levels and absenteeism, and that certain plants can improve air quality. So far, everyone at Build Studios has reacted favourably to the living wall."
The environment at Build Studios will be monitored - to ascertain whether there are benefits in terms of air quality following its installation. Some of the plants chosen are particularly effective at air purification, removing significant volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like benzene and formaldehyde from the air.