In colorful collaboration with landscape artist Cornelius Gavril, architecture studio Piuarch has transformed the façade of its Milan-based headquarters into a hanging garden. Called Flowerprint, the immersive installation brightens up the building with a sky-high wall of cascading flora.
Over 2,000 plants comprise Flowerprint, from sweet-smelling flowers like roses, lilies, and carnations to aromatic herbs like lavender, rosemary, and mint. The beautiful botanical elements are arranged in a way that evokes a woven tapestry and emphasizes the diversity of their colors, shapes, and sizes. Additionally, their ground-to-roof vertical arrangement turns the ordinary exterior of the building into a living work of public art, inviting the public to walk along its verdant curtain.
While the flowers and plants are fragrant as is, Piuarch and Gavril opted to enhance the installation with artificial smells. The plethora of plants has been spritzed with a variety of perfumes, creating a distinctive, fittingly flower-based scent. On top of this unique olfactory approach, you may notice another peculiar characteristic of the captivating installation: many of the suspended blooms’ roots are attached to potato plants. This age-old trick provides nutrients for the flowers, ensuring an extended lifespan—and, consequently, a longer-lasting work of elegant ephemeral art.