Montevideo, Uruguay
City population: 1381000
Duration: 2014 – 2014
Implementation status: Completed
Scale: Sub-microscale: Street scale (including buildings)
Project area: 300 m2
Type of area: Building
Last updated: April 2022

The construction of "the biggest vertical garden in Uruguay" was completed in 2014 (Ref. 1). The vertical garden has an area of 300m2 and contains over 6,000 plants, of which most are endemic, comprising 35 species and 10 different families (Ref. 2). In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, the garden is intended to reduce temperature, produce oxygen and offset greenhouse gas emissions. It is thought to "contribute...to the filtration of approximately 165 tons of gases per year and [be] capable of producing the necessary oxygen for 255 people, in addition to trapping 130 kilos of dust" (Refs. 2 & 3).

Celebra Building Vertical Wall
https://www.archilovers.com/projects/184441/vertical-garden-in-uruguay.html

Overview

Nature-based solution

  • Nature on buildings
  • Green walls or facades

Key challenges

  • Climate action for adaptation, resilience and mitigation (SDG 13)
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Environmental quality
  • Air quality improvement
  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Habitat and biodiversity conservation
  • Green space creation and/or management

Focus

Creation of new green areas

Project objectives

The goals behind the implementation of the green wall are mostly related to increasing vegetation area, with the designed space allowing for approximately 6000 plants to be included in the structure (Ref. 3), and with a focus on mainly including endemic plants (35 different species and 10 families)(Refs. 1 & 3). Other goals related to the implementation of the green wall include: -Temperature reduction (both outdoors and within the building); - Production of oxygen and capturing greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles and industries in urban areas (Ref. 2), and also trapping of dust and heavy metals (Ref. 3). Lastly, in designing and implementing this green wall, the designer of the wall, Ignacio Solana, laid out his intention to "work...with the botany of each place, generating a kind of botanical museum on a wall" (Ref. 3).

Implementation activities

The wall on which the vertical garden was to be constructed was "made up of various fibers that will maintain moisture through an artificial fertigation system with small pockets" (Ref. 3). As above, approximately 6000 individual plants were added to the wall, comprising 35 species and 10 families (Ref. 3).

Climate-focused activities

Climate change adaptation:

  • Increase or improve urban vegetation cover to help reduce outdoor temperature
  • Implement green walls or roofs to lower indoor temperature and provide insulation

Biodiversity conservation or restoration-focused activities

Biodiversity conservation:

  • Protect species
  • Undertake specific measures to protect species
  • Undertake specific measures to protect native species

Main beneficiaries

  • Private sector/Corporate/Company

Governance

Management set-up

  • Led by non-government actors

Type of initiating organisation

  • Private sector/corporate actor/company

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Unknown

Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project

The building on which the green wall was developed, Celebra Building, was commissioned by Zonamerica and designed by Carlos Ott Architects in association with Carlos Ponce de Leon Architects (Ref. 4). The wall itself was developed and implemented by Ignacio Solano and the Paisajismo Urbano Team (Ref. 1).

Project implemented in response to ...

... an EU policy or strategy? No
... a national policy or strategy? No
... a local policy or strategy? No

Financing

Total cost

Unknown

Source(s) of funding

  • Unknown

Type of funding

  • Unknown

Non-financial contribution

Unknown

Impacts and Monitoring

Environmental impacts

  • Climate, energy and emissions
  • Lowered local temperature
  • Enhanced carbon sequestration
  • Environmental quality
  • Improved air quality
  • Green space and habitat
  • Increased green space area
  • Increased number of species present

Economic impacts

  • Unknown

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Social justice and cohesion
  • Improved access to urban green space
  • Other

Type of reported impacts

Achieved impacts

Presence of formal monitoring system

No

Presence of indicators used in reporting

No

Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

No

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool

No

References

Celebra Building Vertical Wall
https://www.archilovers.com/projects/184441/vertical-garden-in-uruguay.html
Celebra Building Vertical Wall
https://www.archilovers.com/projects/184441/vertical-garden-in-uruguay.html
Celebra Building Vertical Wall
https://www.archilovers.com/projects/184441/vertical-garden-in-uruguay.html
Celebra Building Vertical Wall
https://www.archilovers.com/projects/184441/vertical-garden-in-uruguay.html
Celebra Building Vertical Wall
https://www.archilovers.com/projects/184441/vertical-garden-in-uruguay.html
Celebra Building Vertical Wall
https://www.archilovers.com/projects/184441/vertical-garden-in-uruguay.html
Celebra Building Vertical Wall
https://www.archilovers.com/projects/184441/vertical-garden-in-uruguay.html
Celebra Building Vertical Wall
https://www.archilovers.com/projects/184441/vertical-garden-in-uruguay.html
Information about this nature-based solution was collected as part of the UNA global extension project funded by the British Academy.