Palo Santo Hotel Green Architecture: a Unique Place in Town

Palo Santo Hotel is an icon of Buenos Aires green architecture. Over 800 plants grow on its façades, patios, rooftop and balconies. An impressive 18-meter high water fountain goes through the building, from the roof to the lobby.

Palo Santo is the first urban green hotel in Latin America. It was building to the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) standards.

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Palo Santo Hotel Green Architecture: over 800 plants

Hotel Green Architecture

Palo Santo Hotel building features a green structure. The façades, patios, balconies, garden and rooftop are covered with plants. The façades present a unique iron structure that allows plants to form 28-meter tall vertical gardens.
Both building’s walls are covered with about 200 azores jasmines, 50 olea texanum and 200 vincas. In the patio, 40 ampelopsis, a dozen phormium marginata alba and a dozen hedera helix grow. The ground floor features 60 agapanthus, 60 hemerocallis, 50 dietis bicolor, a dozen rose loniceras and several jacarandas. On the rooftop, hundreds of vincas and dozens jazmines cover the pérgola. Overall, the hotel unique vertical gardens are made of over 800 plants.

The inspiration: Paris Quai Branly Museum

Quai Branly Green Architecture

From an aesthetics point of view, the building was inspired by works by some of the most important contemporary architects: Jean Nouvel (Quai Branly Museum in Paris), Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron (Caixa Forum headquarters in Madrid), Stefano Boeri (Bosco Verticali in Milano), Renzo Piano.

Green walls and sustainability

Green Hotel

In addition to its aesthetics value, the vertical gardens have a ecological purpose. On one hand, vertical gardens give the building a natural insulation, both from and warm temperatures. They reduce the effect of wind and sun and absorb water. Consequently, they significantly help diminishing energy consumption and thus carbon dioxide emissions.
On the other hand, ever-growing plants are an excellent source of carbon dioxide absorption. These plants absorb more carbon dioxide than they release. This allows the hotel to partly compensate for the carbon dioxide emissions it is bound to produce due to its operations.
To limit its carbon footprint, Palo Santo Hotel both seeks to reduce its emissions through an energy-saving program and to compensate them thanks to plants.

An 18-meter high water fountain

Water Fountain

The building features an 18-meter high water fountains that runs throughout the central patio, from the rooftop to the lobby. The water flows along large glass panels, placed against green walls. Our guest can enjoy this wonderful water fountain both from the lobby and the floors landings.

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