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To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.

Audrey Hepburn

Thomas Clarkson Academy

  • Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
  • 2011
  • For Kier Eastern
  • Maintained by Biotecture

Project Details

  • Design incorporates Fibonacci spiral

The living wall at the Thomas Clarkson Academy was installed in their new building as part of their transition from community college to academy. The building was designed to inspire learning and to connect the school with the surrounding environment. The living wall was therefore an appropriate addition to the ‘Eden’ atrium space at the heart of the school. The building design was based on the Fibonacci sequence and the living wall planting design incorporates a Fibonacci spiral to echo this theme.

The design is comprised of indoor plants, suitable for indirect sunlight and shady conditions. They were also selected as they are hardy and require minimal maintenance. Light greens and yellows, followed by purple foliage intermittent with white detailing compose the alternating segments of the Fibonacci spiral. Varying textures provide interest, from the crinkled leaves of Peperomia Emerald Ripple and the glossy spread of Peperomia obtusifolia, whilst allowing the design to dominate. A mix of flowering plants means the wall is in bloom from early through to late summer.