The Ruebens Hotel at the Palace Hotel in Victoria, London, has unveiled the city’s largest “living wall”, a vertical landscape, composed of 16 tons of soil and 10,000 plants, designed to reduce urban flooding.
The wall took two months to construct and covers a 350 square foot area, the 21 meter high wall will adorn the cityscape year round with seasonal flowers such as buttercups, winter geraniums and strawberries.
Because of the lack of absorbent surfaces in the Victoria area of London, the Victoria Business Improvement District (BID) decided to step in with the design of this magestic wall that combats urban flooding with special water storage tanks. Designed by Gary Grant of Green Roof Consultancy, these tanks can store up to 10,000 liters of water that are then channeled back through the wall to nourish the plants. The wall will do a wonderful job of keeping the surrounding streets flood-free, boosting the area’s green appeal and attract wildlife into the dense urban environment.
Affectionately nicknamed The Green Lungs of Victoria, the wall boasts significant environmental benefits, such as improving the air quality for those working in and passing through the area and attracting much-needed wildlife such as bees, butterflies and birds.
In celebration of the wall, The Rubens at the Palace Hotel has launched a Living Wall-inspired menu, designed to incorporate plants and flowers featured in the wall itself.
The bar team at the Rubens at the Palace have also been inspired, and there will be a new cocktail menu designed, including the English Garden, featuring Bloom gin, elderflower, ginger ale, basil, strawberries and lemon and the Green Goddess packed with mint, lemon verbena, lime zest, Chase vodka and lemonade.
Given the height and scale of the wall, it graces not only the side wall of the Rubens, but also that of its five-star sister property Hotel 41, recently awarded
Hotel of the Year 2013