Oulu Bar & EcoLounge, Brooklyn's First Living Wall

Oulu Bar & EcoLounge

This is Oulu Bar & EcoLounge in Williamsburg, home to Brooklyn’s first living wall installation.  The 2,500 sf building was designed by Evangeline Dennie and it’s currently seeking LEED Gold certification.  You’ll find a few different photos below, including a before shot, for your viewing pleasure.

What do you think?  The green wall makes quite the design statement, doesn’t it?  It’s tough to deny the modern appeal of vertical greenery, I say.   

Oulu has all the green features one would expect of a project going for LEED certification, including the following: sheetrock made of post-industrial recycled material, biodegradable ceramic tiles, water-based grout sealers, natural Mica panels, FSC-certified woods, low-VOC paints with milk-based pigment, and a garage door for natural ventilation and light.  The wood paneling on the walls (as shown below), or "peeling walls," captures and carries the natural feel of the living wall into the interior.  Absolutely incredible. 

More photos of the living wall installation.

Oulu Peeling Walls

Oulu Before

Oulu Green Wall

Motherplant

Oulu Installation

Oulualivestructures

Via greenbuildingsNYC & Sphere Trending.


  • http://www.momeld.com phillip

    I really like the idea of these living walls. And they can really increase the R value of a wall. I’m in Brooklyn and will have to make the effort to check this out.

    Even seen this guys work?… http://www.verticalgardenpatrickblanc.com/

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      100% agree with you Phillip. I work in an older building with a westerly wall that gets hit hard by the sun in the afternoon. I think a green wall would look great, and with the increased R value, as you say, it could help with the efficiency and comfort of the building.

      Cool link to Patrick Blanc. Lots of excellent examples on his website.

  • http://www.inhabiat.com Jill Fehrenbacher

    Great post Preston – thanks for pointing my attention to it…
    Go Evan! Fabulous work!

    -Jill, Inhabitat.com

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      Thanks Jill, it’s quite the attractive living wall. Evangeline did a fantastic job with the project design.

  • http://www.postgreenhomes.com Chad Ludeman

    Very clean work. I’ve been looking into ivy walls as an affordable option for a green wall but this is obviously the ultimate. I can’t wait to see more widespread adoption!

  • JoshS

    Living walls offer some fantastic multi-dimensional benefits, like air purification, O2 production/CO2 sequestration, stormwater management, organic food production, and the increase in R value.

    I saw that MotherPlants was credited for one of the photos. They’re an absolutely fantastic company!

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      Living walls bring a lot of bang for the buck.

      I hear the same about MotherPlants. For anyone interested, here’s a link to their website: http://www.motherplants.net/

  • phillip

    I really like the idea of these living walls. And they can really increase the R value of a wall. I’m in Brooklyn and will have to make the effort to check this out.

    Even seen this guys work?… http://www.verticalgardenpatrickblanc.com/

  • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

    100% agree with you Phillip. I work in an older building with a westerly wall that gets hit hard by the sun in the afternoon. I think a green wall would look great, and with the increased R value, as you say, it could help with the efficiency and comfort of the building.

    Cool link to Patrick Blanc. Lots of excellent examples on his website.

  • http://inhabitat.com/ Jill Fehrenbacher

    Great post Preston – thanks for pointing my attention to it … Go Evan! Fabulous work!

    -Jill, Inhabitat.com

  • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

    Thanks Jill, it’s quite the attractive living wall. Evangeline did a fantastic job with the project design.

  • http://www.postgreen.com/ Chad Ludeman

    Very clean work. I’ve been looking into ivy walls as an affordable option for a green wall but this is obviously the ultimate. I can’t wait to see more widespread adoption!

  • JoshS

    Living walls offer some fantastic multi-dimensional benefits, like air purification, O2 production/CO2 sequestration, stormwater management, organic food production, and the increase in R value.

    I saw that MotherPlants was credited for one of the photos. They’re an absolutely fantastic company!

  • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

    @JoshS – I hear the same about MotherPlants. For anyone interested, here’s a link to their website: http://www.motherplants.net/

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