The Toronto-based design firm, Respira, is introducing living wall solutions for homes, ensuring all Canadians can access a natural solution to filtering the air in their everyday living spaces.
This design is a contemporary illustration showing the intersection between science and art. The filtration abilities of the plants and growing media are hidden behind a wall of lush foliage. The breathtaking sight of the living wall in a combination of the minimalist display causes the user to forget that this machine is actively purifying the air. The viewer can experience the full benefits of biophilic design in any space. Beyond the visual indication of nature, the unit engages with all senses. The distance water will fall back into the water basin is adjustable to increase or decrease the sound of water. The unit is available in black and white to maintain its aesthetic relevance throughout years to come. This air purifier never needs to be replaced and only improves in both beauty and function over time.
Specialists in commercial plant wall installations since 2018, the firm recognizes a growing trend in employees moving to permanent remote positions. Ultimately, this shift forced homes to become spaces for both work and play. Canadians were being challenged to optimize their space for both requirements. Living walls have proved to be a valuable asset for corporate buildings, aiding not only in better efficiency, the increased mood amongst employees and lower energy costs but also providing purified air. Respira will be answering the call from consumers to bring this innovative filtration solution into the home.
“The purpose of our commercial installs is to leverage plant’s restorative properties to reduce energy consumption and purify the air we breathe in large commercial buildings,” shares Respira Co-Founder Dylan Robertson, “COVID-19 has brought a sense of urgency to clean the air inside our homes, and we were in a position to help by making a simple pivot to our companies focus.”
Hand sanitizers, antibacterial wipes, and cleaners have all grown in demand as consumers seek solutions to keep their homes and families safe. While effective, living walls provide a natural home purifying solution, as the walls are planted hydroponically (without soil) and fed by a constant stream of water. The exposed roots actively pull toxins from the air, capturing and destroying toxins within the root zone. This provides a convenient, beautiful, and continuous purifying system for any home known as biofiltration.
“A home is a sanctuary, somewhere you want to feel absolute comfort, safety, and relaxation,” notes Dylan, “Natural, science-based air purification is great, but what is different about our system is that it also promotes a real connection with nature.”
With increased time spent at home, there comes a greater risk of mental health problems associated with isolation, disruption to one’s hobbies, and a lack of positive stimuli. Respira views a living wall as a home installation that is engaging and provides peace to an environment. Visuals of growing plants, along with continuous fresh air, works together to transform homes into an environment worth spending more time in.
Through Respira’s living botanical walls, Canadians can once again feel connected to the natural world while having peace of mind that their home is continuously purifying.