Hotel HM Tropical,
Mallorca

The vertical garden installed on the north facade of the HM Tropical Hotel in Palma de Mallorca, stood out for being one of the first largest vertical gardens on the island.

With a final surface area of 220 m², completed in 2017, the project was developed in two phases. The first phase began at the end of 2016, outside the hotel season, initially covering 110 m². This strategic planning made it possible to minimize disruption to guests and maximize construction efficiency. A year later, the vertical garden reached its full extent of 220 m², cementing its place as a prominent feature of the hotel and the island.

The design of the vertical garden was conceived to complement and highlight the hotel’s architectural aesthetic. Following a minimalist approach, straight lines were chosen to harmonize with the hotel’s façade, reflecting a fusion of modernity and nature. This approach not only visually enhances the building’s structure, but also contributes to the integration of the building with its natural and cultural surroundings.

Benefits

The benefits of a vertical garden are multiple. Apart from the aesthetic beauty it provides, it works as a natural thermal insulator, helping to regulate the temperature inside the building and thus reducing energy consumption. In addition, vertical gardens help reduce noise pollution and attract local fauna, increasing urban biodiversity. This project is a clear example of how architecture and ecology can work together to create sustainable and visually appealing spaces that enhance the urban environment and the experience of visitors and residents alike.


The choice of some 6,000 plant species for this vertical garden was meticulously made, seeking varieties that not only thrive in Mallorca’s Mediterranean climate, but also require reduced maintenance. This not only ensured the sustainability of the garden, but also guaranteed the improvement of air quality and the proliferation of biodiversity.


Species

As for the species, in addition to those installed from the beginning, in the different maintenance processes, we have been planting and replacing some with others. Species such as Plectranthus coleoides, Plectranthus verticillatus, Asparagus sprengeri have been introduced in the garden recently and species such as Ophiopogon planiscapus have been reduced in quantity. The reason we have introduced these new species is because we have determined that they are plants that are much better adapted to the area. Here is the total number of species in the garden at the present time:

 

  • Acorus gramineus
  • Carex oshimensis
  • Chorophytum comosum variegatum
  • Erigeron Karvinskianus
  • Ophiopogon japonicus
  • Ophiopogon planiscapus
  • Tulbaghia violacea
  • Plectranthus coleoides
  • Plectranthus verticillatus
  • Asparagus sprengeri
Especies que componen el jardín vertical

Here are some pictures of the development of the garden during these years:

Desarrollo del jardín vertical

The hotel’s vertical garden in Mallorca, once the largest on the island with its impressive 220 m² and approximately 6,000 plant species, has been dismantled. Although this garden not only stood out for its scale but also for its aesthetic and ecological integration with the hotel’s surroundings, it is no longer present on the north façade of the building.The specific reason behind the decision to remove the vertical garden has not been publicly disclosed by the hotel management.

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