Indoor gardens have been shown to improve air quality, increase productivity, reduce stress and decrease noise—so where better to install them than in a library?
The Harvard Graduate School of Education’s (HGSE) Gutman Library recently underwent a first-floor renovation that included the installation of four “living walls”—or ceiling-to-floor panels covered entirely with foliage. The idea was to integrate sustainability with interior design—making the room brighter and more aesthetic, while simultaneously promoting a cleaner environment for students and faculty.
The living walls in the Gutman Library were created by Cityscapes, an interior landscaping company. “This project was our first in a library,” said Amy Walker, senior designer/account manager for Cityscapes. Walker said living walls can also reduce carbon dioxide in the air and inspire creativity.
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View photographs of the living walls in Gutman Library here.