The lobby renovation at 247 West 37th Street has quite literally brought a lot of life to the Newmark Grubb Knight Frank building.
Tenants and visiors are now greeted by a hydroponic living wall featuring 21 different types of low-light tropical plants. How can a lush scene thrive in a Midtown Manhattan lobby? We spoke with RE: Design Architects, the firm behind the redesign, to find out.
The plants were grown offsite 8 weeks prior to installation, allowing them to see what the finished product would look like beforehand. A steady supply of water is provided by an irrigation system held within the wall, and the "daylight" required for their survival is provided by special lights installed above. There is no soil necessary, so the lobby stays clean and dirt free. For more information, visit the creators of the wall, EcoWalls.
In addition to the brand new flora, 160 individual glass LED lights from Bocci now hang above your head as you enter, creating a cloud-like canopy chandelier. The floors have also been redone with stone from Bianco Dolomiti.
The lobby at 247 West 37th is the second in the Garment District to have a living wall. The first is located in the lobby of 7 Bryant Park.