Taking up an entire facade of the Rubens at the Palace hotel in London, the 21-meter living wall is the largest of its type in the city.

The Rubens at the Palace Hotel located in Victoria, just steps away from Buckingham Palace, has revealed their green side – a 350 square meter wall planted with 16 tons of soil and 10,000 plants to bring fresh air and biodiversity to the central London locale. The living wall is intended to attract pollinators year-round as well as help with the city-wide problem of urban flooding.

In London, many surfaces – such as roads and roofs – are completely sealed, so in bouts of heavy rain, the drains overflow because there is no place for the water to go. The green wall will harvest rainwater, storing it in tanks where it will be used to irrigate the plants. By storing the liquid – the tanks hold up to 10,000 gallons – the water has a chance to evaporate rather than flood. The wall of plants will also help a dense area by cleaning the air. Armando Raish, managing director of green walll company Treebox, who will be maintaining the site, explained:

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