Visualisations by Antonio Luca Coco and Pavlos Ventouris

Architecture practice MVRDV has unveiled designs for a residential development in the Netherlands featuring green walls comprised of shelves of plants.

Working with co-architect Van Boven Architecten, the Dutch practice has developed Green Villa for property developer Stein.

The frontage of the building will be covered in giant rows of shelves covered in greenery.

While the four-storey Green Villa adopts the urban form of the neighbouring buildings, the plant covering helps it blend into the surrounding landscape.

A “rack” of shelves will host potted plants, bushes, and trees including jasmine, pine, and birch.

Speaking about the project Winy Mass, founding partner of MVRDV said: “This design is a continuation of our research into facade-less buildings and radical greening. Plants and trees can help us to offset CO2 emissions, cool our cities, and promote biodiversity.”

A sensor-controlled irrigation system that uses stored rainwater has been incorporated into the planters to guarantee a year-round green facade.