Driven by consumers demand for sustainability and green practices, retailers and architects are adding plant-filled frameworks, living walls and healing gardens within visual merchandising and structural design. An increased awareness of the psychological and physical effects of our environment is evident in eco-friendly and plant focused retail, offices and residential spaces. In addition, Global Wellness Institute launched its Wellness Architecture initiative to raise awareness of how our surroundings impact mind and body.
MIA Design Studio's design for the Naman Pure Spa in Vietnam is covered in lush tropical foliage that becomes part of the architecture. Growing up a series of lattice screens that shield the glass façade from strong sunlight, the plants help to aid natural ventilation while creating calming dappled shadows inside.
Apple's latest outpost in San Francisco is powered by renewable energy and encourages public seating and community activity within the space.