These are Asia-Pacific’s most gorgeous green walls

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THE LARGEST LIVING GREEN WALL in the Middle East has just been unveiled at the Dubai Wharf in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Created by Dubai Properties to promote sustainable living, the wall features over 80,000 plants and is expected to offset an estimated 4.4 tons of carbon dioxide a year.

Aside from its aesthetic value, the green wall will also improve the well-being of residents and visitors.

“As one of the top 20 happiest countries in the world and the happiest in the Arab region, according to the World Happiness Report 2018, the UAE is a keen supporter of sustainable living environments that are known to enhance the quality of life and elevate happiness levels,” Dubai Properties group chief executive officer Raed Al Nuaimi told Gulf News.

Located in the heart of Culture Village overlooking the historic Dubai Creek, the green wall is 210 meters in length, six meters high, and spans 1,260 square meters.

What is a green wall? A green wall, otherwise known as a vertical garden or a living wall, is a wall that is totally covered with greenery – usually climbing plants.

It includes soil or a substrate and has an integrated water delivery system that provides insulation to balance out the building’s temperature.

Apart from providing greenery, these walls also provide fresh air, reduces noise pollution and air pollution, have a calming effect, and are water-efficient.

Although it is a relatively new concept, many countries in Asia-Pacific have adopted it. Travelers going to these high-density countries are sure to enjoy using one of these walls as the perfect Instagram backdrop:

Hong Kong: Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Hotel Icon

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Said to be one of Asia’s largest vertical gardens, Hotel Icon’s living wall is the first indoor vertical garden in the country, rising up to 250 square meters.

It comprises more than 8,000 plants of 71 species and compliments the hotel’s hip and stylish decor.

The hotel’s green masterpiece was developed by French botanist Patrick Blanc and completed in 2011.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Le Nouvel KLCC

Blanc has also given Kuala Lumpur his green touch, turning Le Nouvel KLCC into a blooming sight to behold.

The residential development comprises of 195 apartments in two 49-story towers and one 43-story tower.

There are about 200 different climbing plant species installed on eight facades and the creepers can be seen making their way to the top of the building.

Sydney, Australia: One Central Park Tower

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Also developed by Blanc, Sydney’s One Central Park Tower combines nature’s serene pleasures combine with dynamic city living.

23 vertical garden elements featuring 350 plant species covers 1,100 square meters of the 116-meter high tower.

In 2013, the tower was awarded a five-star Green Star – “Multi-Unit Residential Design v1” Certified Rating by the Green Building Council of Australia

Singapore: Parkroyal on Pickering

Created by Singapore-based WOHA Architects, Parkroyal on Pickering reportedly features twice as much greenery as the nearby park.

The building, located in central Singapore, has been dubbed an urban paradise and a hotel in a garden.

It features a variety of shade trees, tall palms, flowering plants, leafy shrubs, and creepers.

Bangkok, Thailand: Siam Paragon Shopping Center

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Tourists looking to splash some cash would definitely enjoy doing so in the arms of nature at Siam Paragon.

Located in the center of high-end shopping in Bangkok, the mall boasts living walls in its interior, said to be the tallest indoor vertical gardens in the world.

The stunning walls add color to an otherwise cookie-cutter-type mall and create a tranquil atmosphere.