This busy jungle of vegetation adorns the windows of the fashion company Replay’s Barcelona boutique located at Passeig de Gràcia. This quite spectacular scene was created by the Landscape architects Vertical Garden Design and measures at just above 100 meters squared. In the storefront location, the two storey wall is set in a dramatic and playful environment with waterfalls, sculptures and contrasting materials.
As a great place to study nature’s own vertical gardens, the waterfalls were a natural starting point for the plant design. Looking closer to the environment around a waterfall, growing conditions change with linear patterns of fissures and cracks in the underlying exposed rock, or the rapidly decreasing moisture already small steps away from the immediate vicinity of the falling water. In such a manner, like the erratic and geometric cracking of an eroding rock, groups and strings of plants were laid out in an organic pattern.
El Molino an iconic café originally opened in 1898 was a cornerstone of Barcelona’s vibrant culture. Though this historic theatre has been closed for the past 15 years, it was recently redesigned by Fernando Salas. Salas quite clearly embraced a retro design with kitsch highlights throughout. The seats are bright red, embossed with Swarovski crystals no less, encompassing a minimalist red and black stage. El Molino was re-opened with new state-of-the-art technical equipment.
This is definitely a funky theatre that is beautifully designed, fitting in with Barcelona’s culture reputation perfectly.