Patrick Blanc’s vertical gardens at One Central Park, a new apartment complex in Sydney’s inner western suburb of Ultimo, span 1000 square metres and sprawl across the building’s two towers, which are 16 and 33 stories high.
At 150 metres high, they are the tallest vertical gardens in the world. Comprising 21 panels, 30,000 shrubs and 70,000 plants–totalling nearly 360 mostly native species, with many drawn from Australia’s south-eastern region of Wentworth Falls–the vertical gardens will appear, in Blanc’s words, “like a natural cliff, as though [one has] cut a giant slice out of the Blue Mountains and put it in the middle of the city.”
The greening process for the vertical gardens began in October 2012. It’s growing now, so next time you drive down Broadway, look up but be careful not to gaze too long.