Design Mickey Mangan
Installation Habitat Horticulture
Architect Dan Brunn Architecture
General Contractor MODAA Construction
Dimensions approximately 115 sqft
Completion Date May 2019
Location Los Angeles, CA
Photographer Brandon Shigeta
Located in Hancock Park, Los Angeles, Habitat Horticulture collaborated with Dan Brunn Architecture to enhance the interior architecture for a one-of-a-kind “Bridge House” that literally bridges over a stream. The 4,500-square-foot concept home serves as a demonstration of innovative systems and forward-thinking processes.
The 115-square-foot living wall is the focal point of the home’s entertainment room. Habitat Horticulture selected six plant species to enliven the space, factoring in light variations, predicted humidity and aesthetic impact. Featuring dense and varied swathes of monochromatic tones, the green wall is set beneath a partial ceiling skylight and evokes the understory of a temperate rainforest.
“Bridge House is suspended in a bold, natural setting not easily found in residential design,” says Mickey Mangan, director of design at Habitat Horticulture. “The dense greenery of the living wall intends to delight and remind visitors that the home exists as an extension of the surrounding forest.”
Plant species such as Philodendron cordatum ‘Neon’, Phelbodum erum (Blue Star Fern) and Aeschynanthus radicans (Lipstick Plant) add to the wall’s color and texture, while Nematanthus wettsteinii (Goldfish Plant) is scattered throughout for playful pops of bright orange.
“We were inspired to create a lush piece to contrast the coniferous landscape outdoors,” adds Mangan. “We also installed a lighting system to showcase the wall as a singular piece of living art that’s integral to the interior architecture.”
Adding to the sustainability features of the installation, the 11-by-14-foot living wall is installed using GrowTex, a proprietary felt developed by Habitat Horticulture made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles and manufactured in the USA.