Garden Travel: Patrick Blanc’s Wall at Musee du quai Branly, Paris

Category :Gardens

How many green walls can boast about looking this good at nine years old…in January?  Easily found about two blocks from the Eiffel Tower, Patrick Blanc’s green wall, completed in 2005, on a Jean Nouvel designed museum, has held up beautifully.  I’ve seen so many crappy green walls that I was totally delighted when I turned the corner and saw it.

Musee du quai Branly

pedestrian with green wall

wall detail Musee du quai Branly

blanc green wall detail

Mahonia on green wall Musee du quai Branly


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  1. Beautiful, so I can’t dismiss it as a gimmick. Any idea what the maintenance costs are? I’d think quite high.

  2. It apparently takes a bit of maintenance likeany green space, but I have no idea of the cost.

  3. Gorgeous and amazing – in the city!

  4. What a beautiful wall! I’m impressed that somebody didn’t tear all that growth down! Would be awesome to paint a picture of that.

  5. Wow, never seen anything like that before – how cool! Is it mostly moss?

  6. Very nice article. Thanks for sharing. This will helps alot.

  7. David Feix

    Interesting to see that maintenance of this wall hasn’t replaced sections that have died out, and become colonized by moss, Baby’s Tears and other self-sown plants carried on the wind. I had thought this was a problem particular to his project here in San Francisco. IMO, the biggest issue that makes these walls not really self sustaining are those which don’t capture and re-use the irrigation water. The mix of woody shrubs often requires regular pruning to keep views out from windows, so maintenance does require heavy equipment rental.

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