Vertical greenery for Edinburgh architects

June 4, 2018

Landscape Architects and Urban Designers, HarrisonStevens, are delighted to have relocated to their new studio in Edinburgh’s South Charlotte Street, providing ample space to accommodate its rapidly expanding team.

Creating an environment conducive to promoting creativity was an important aspect considered during selection of the location and subsequent interior design phase. As you would expect, the team recognised the importance of introducing nature into their internal environment, to not only encourage the flow of the creative process but also enhance well-being. It was at this stage that GP Plantscape were approached to discuss potential options to install a green wall within the studio.

Combining the creative, horticulturally focused heads of the team at HarrisonStevens and that at GP Plantscape, a solution emerged which involved installing a Mobilane green wall (Live Panel) in the corner space: to create a visually stunning, natural structure, which introduced all the benefits of plants, without encroaching on the physical floor space. It furthermore, creates an impressive feature addressing both the front door and the library space – reflecting the quality and focus of the practice as it welcomes guests entering the studio.

The Live Panel is a modular green wall comprising individual panels each with nine planting slots. In this case, a total of 24 panels were installed directly onto the wall to create the structure. That’s a total of 216 plants, housed in the pockets of the panels and fed and watered through an integrated irrigation and drainage system.

Specially constructed to harbour live plants, the shape and size of the pockets allow for a wide variety of plant choice, providing the freedom to create individual designs, using a diversity of species of plants. To construct the HarrisonStevens’ green wall, plants were chosen on the merits of their ability to grow into a lush covering, with varying textures. The particular plants include are as follows:

Alocasia micholitziana ‘Black Velvet’

With its impressive arrowhead or shield-shaped leaves, Alocasia is normally chosen for its stunning foliage and is commonly known as the Elephant Ear.

Asplenium Nidus

The Asplenium is part of the fern family and also has distinctive leaves which are large, light green and often crinkled. Common name – Birds Nest Fern.

Philodendron Scandens

Characterised by their glossy, leathery evergreen heart-shaped leaves, they provide the wall with a luxurious quality.

Soleirolia Soleiroli

Usually referred to as, Baby’s Tear plant, it has a moss-like appearance with small round green leaves on fleshy stems.



Platycerium Bifurcatum

These plants appear ‘otherworldly’ and are known as the Staghorn Fern, on account of their antler-like foliage.

Rhipsalis Cassutha

A beautiful succulent, currently all the rage, this variety resembles clumps of long thin fingers.

Already an eye-catching feature, the wall will only continue to mature and become luscious as

the plants flourish, creating a stunning backdrop and a calming environment.

“The greenery creates a calm and tranquil environment in which to work and are conducive to the design process.”

Mette Møller, Urban Designer

Air Plants (Tillandsia spp.)

In addition to the green wall – air plants have been installed into the office space.  With an ornamental and exotic appearance, air plants stand out without being obtrusive. This group of plants, belonging to the Bromeliad family, anchors itself to branches, cliff faces and other nooks and crannies rather than rooting in soil. Their leaves are specially adapted to obtain moisture from the atmosphere and as such they prefer a humid environment and maintenance involves spraying the plants regularly. During summer months misting alone is not sufficient and periodic submersion in water is required.  As their name would suggest they also thrive in well ventilated environments.