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Green wall gives Dunwoody office tower a new look

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- No matter the weather outside, it stays sunny and mild in the lobby of Three Ravinia, a 31-story office tower right off I-285 in Dunwoody.

"Even on the cloudiest days, these plants are soaking up sunlight and reflecting that light back into this space," said architect Greg Shunick with G3 Architecture. "It's a very warm, inviting place at all times."

Shunick is the architect behind the building's new "ecolobby" that was unveiled a few weeks ago. It includes a four-story wall that's covered by more than 15,000 plants.

It's one of the largest interior green walls in the world, and it's parts of a growing trend.

"It's real. It's not just cold, hard concrete," Shunick added. "Everyone understands this is a living object within the space."

A piping system behind the plants keeps recycled water going through on a timer, and the lights above use the same frequency as sunlight.

The plants help oxygenate the air and reduce noise while giving the lobby a modern look.

The building's owner, CBRE Global Investors, made the green wall the centerpiece of a major renovation to help tenants recruit and retain employees.

"If you sign a 10-year-lease, the person you're recruiting five years from now is just finishing their junior year in high school. So you have to stay cool for them," said David Lanier, senior managing director in CBRE's Atlanta office.

"It makes it financially feasible because if you don't do it, you're going to be obsolete," Lanier said.