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When someone says “If these walls could talk,” you know you’re in some interesting space. Now there’s a way for walls to come alive (but thankfully stay silent), and Archstone Gaithersburg Station Apartments in Gaithersburg, MD is leading the way. Among the many cool features at this community – including soundproof music recording studios/practice rooms, a resort-style lagoon pool and a media screening room – is a living wall.

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Also known as green walls or vegetation walls, the structure is intended to bring nature into an otherwise man-made area and to oxygenate the space around it. At Archstone Gaithersburg Station, the living wall is in the state-of-the-art fitness center – a place where extra oxygen and a cool, green backdrop is certainly welcome.

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The living wall complements the other green and natural touches at the community. The buildings offer many homes with a spectacular view of the resort lagoon pool and deck, the fire and water garden, or the Peony Garden. While loft-style homes have a decidedly modern and urban feel – including individual doorbells – the community surroundings offer an oasis from the bustle of Washington, D.C., just 30 minutes away by train.

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