Vertical Garden Apartments: Outside-In

October 15, 2011 by

Faced with the challenge of incorporating a garden in the design of an apartment building on a small plot of land, Mexico City-based architecture firm BNKR Arquitectura had a novel solution: they turned the garden on its side.

By folding and wrapping the garden around the three sides of the plot, separating it from the glass-clad building, the living space became open to the full experience of the surrounding vertical gardens.

The result was s sense of “private openness” which offered the inhabitants full view of the building’s exterior while maintaining absolute privacy.


  1. Rebecca ~ Sweet Baby Yams said:

    What a cool idea! It’s a great way to garden when you don’t have the space. Love it!

    — October 16, 2011 @ 02:08

  2. Steven Chamblee (Texas) said:

    Needs a few portholes to prevent that boxed up feeling, but I like the overall concept. Best done with lianas, I suppose.

    — October 16, 2011 @ 09:47

  3. Annie Haven | Authentic Haven Brand said:

    the concept is great just for the privacy

    — October 16, 2011 @ 11:38

  4. Kathy McGowan said:

    Vertical Gardening is a great concept that solves a few different challenges but is not without a couple of it’s own. All of those can be overcome though. For some great ideas about how to build one that suits an individuals needs check out

    — October 16, 2011 @ 12:45

  5. Irene @ SmilingGardener said:

    I never thought newspaper can be used as a weed blanket. I guess there are a lot of things I still need to know about gardening. Iâ??m glad there are these kinds of blog that offers new ideas and knowledge.

    — October 17, 2011 @ 06:45

  6. Amy Fowler said:

    But their home won’t get ANY sunlight; they’re just looking at plants. That’s a horrible way to live, unless I’m missing something…

    — October 20, 2011 @ 07:16

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