jenny sabin: the greenhouse and cabinet of future fossils
jenny sabin: the greenhouse and cabinet of future fossils jenny sabin: the greenhouse and cabinet of future fossils
nov 05, 2011

jenny sabin: the greenhouse and cabinet of future fossils

jenny sabin: the greenhouse and cabinet of future fossilsimage © meagan whetstone




american architectural designer jenny sabin has developed ‘the greenhouse and cabinet of future fossils’ in the american philosophical society‘s garden at the APS museum. it takes the idea of a greenhouse and puts it in a modern context. made of recyclable materials, the 16 meter (52′) long structure requires no heat. 110 cold frames are supported with CNC cut high density polyethylene sheets. the mini-greenhouses are situated between the open structure, and filled with edible and ornamental plants. each box measures 60 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm (24 in x 12 in x 12 in) and is removable and portable, allowing for winter gardening in urban spaces. the entire structure is pre-fabricated locally in philadelphia, USA and assembled on site. the ribs have a recycled  plastic lumber board cross-bracing system, that is bolted into place, allowing for easy assembly and dismantling. the cold frame boxes easily clip into the structure.

interior view image © brent wahl

vine canopy image © brent wahl

cold frames detail image © jenny e. sabin

planted cold frames image © brent wahl

(left) cold frames detail image © jenny e. sabin  (right) planted cold frame detail image © brent wahl

cross rib and splice plate detail image © meagan whetstone


3D model


rendering of components

generative studies and fabrication drawings for the greenhouse

site plan


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