San Francisco, CA
Hyphae Design Laboratory in collaboration with Habitat Horticulture are designing a 5000 s.f. living wall for the new SFMOMA expansion, designed by Snohetta. The living walls will be 30' high by 100' long, the fern covered north-facing slopes of SF's maritime mountains serving as its ecological reference point. The wall will be one of the first ever to feature fungus, lichens, and other species found in our complex ecosystems. Most notably, the living wall will have an innovative 100% non-potable irrigation system that recycles the museum's air conditioning condensate (visitor generated humidity). Additionally, the living wall will recycle water and nutrients like a hydroponics system, further reducing its environmental impact and water use by 60%. The living wall has an expected construction cost of $1,800,000, and the total project cost is $190 million.