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Biophilic design is quickly becoming the norm of new builds. A 30-story building in Brisbane is set to be covered with 20,000 plants, and the Global Heart Centre Cairo features an oasis in the middle of the desert. But, after much anticipation, a new building is finally making its debut that will be home to the largest living wall in the United States.
Called Gardenhouse, the Beverly Hills residential complex was designed by famed architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architect. The modern “hillside village” is comprised of 16 residences—five Sky Villas, three Row Houses, and eight Garden Flats—that are all perfectly along the coveted Wilshire Boulevard. The unique position allows for the homes to have plenty of space and privacy as they are surrounded by the living green wall that acts as an outward-facing art piece to the public.
The living wall was designed by landscape architect Scott Hutcheon, who partnered with LA-based architecture firm Gruen Associates to bring it to life. The result was 6,700-square-feet of drought-tolerant succulents and vines native to the area. Of course, they wanted to make the wall as sustainable as it was striking. So, they used recycled water to keep the wall lush, keeping the residential units naturally cool.
But it’s not just the wall that highlights nature; the entire project focused on blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors. The homes feature open-concept floor plans with soaring window walls and private outdoor living areas. Plus, all the residences encircle an open-air atrium filled with greenery.
In addition to the greenery, the homes feature many other high-end amenities. They have gourmet kitchens with Miele appliances, stone countertops, and Snaidero cabinets. The master bathrooms featured TOTO fixtures, free-standing Kohler tubs, marble countertops, heated floors, and Japanese-style onsen wet rooms.
As far as pricing goes, a Sky Villa in the complex is listed for $5.88 million, while a Garden Flat is listed for $4.08 million.