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'Green wall' at Seoul city hall wins Guinness World Record

All News 17:03 February 26, 2013

SEOUL, Feb. 26 (Yonhap) -- The eco-friendly structure of "the vertical garden" that stretches seven stories high in the newly-built Seoul City Hall has set a Guinness World Record as the longest such garden in the world, the city said Tuesday.

As part of the municipal government's effort to transform the building into a more environmentally-friendly space, the city turned one of its inside walls from the first to the seventh floor into a garden, measuring 1,516 square meters. They also set up some 70,000 units of plants for about eight months last year.

The city applied for the record title in December, and was notified of the award last week, city officials said, adding that it marks the first time that any facility managed by the city has won such a record.

"By creating the so-called green wall, we hope the city hall becomes a more eco-friendly and healthy space. After all, plants here are expected to erase indoor pollutants and help control the indoor temperature," said a city official.

After three years of construction, the city unveiled its 13-story hall in 2012. But the building with an undulating glass structure right behind its preserved colonial-era stone predecessor sparked controversy over the "mismatch" between the old and new buildings. In a survey earlier this month by a local architecture magazine on 100 architects, the new city hall topped the list as Korea's worst modern structure.

"Despite that the city hall was selected as the worst structure, we are striving to turn it into the best building through story-telling," said Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon in his Twitter message last week.

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