Crystal Symphony goes even greener with first living wall at sea
In an industry always looking for something new to impress with, Crystal Cruises has unveiled the world’s first self-contained, free-standing living wall at sea.
It may not be quite as daredevil as climbing walls and ice rinks, but the addition to Crystal Symphony adds a new slant to going green.
The living wall is a visual backdrop that creates a relaxing al fresco experience
The wall uses a variety of indoor plants to display a world map
Created and crafted by UK-based ANS Group Europe, it took two days to plant the living wall as the ship sailed from Portland to Dover to complete its 11-night “British Isle Brilliance” voyage.
Designed for an al fresco area in the ship’s Deck 11 Trident Grill, the 38ft long and 8ft high wall uses a variety of indoor plants to display a world map.
“In keeping with our ongoing focus on design, we wanted to create a focal point that was both highly contemporary and visually stunning,” says Alexandra Don, Crystal’s vice president of hotel design and services. “The end result is a living wall that brings the Trident Grill to life and serves as an eye-catching backdrop.”
Joel Nash, marketing manager for ANS Group Europe, adds: “This bespoke project is an exciting and exhilarating scheme. Installing living walls on a cruise ship is taking us to a completely new level and opens up all sorts of possibilities. When you think this wall will be travelling as far north as Lapland and down to Cape Horn, it takes your breath away.”
A living wall is a vertical garden that is pre-planted in panels and then attached to the wall or facade of a building. Plants stay intact in their vertical positions because their root structures are anchored in two to four inches of soil kept within the panel.
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