'spiral garden' by benet dalmau + saida dalmau + anna julibert + carmen vilar iida awards 2010
'spiral garden' by benet dalmau + saida dalmau + anna julibert + carmen vilar   iida awards 2010 'spiral garden' by benet dalmau + saida dalmau + anna julibert + carmen vilar   iida awards 2010
oct 06, 2010

'spiral garden' by benet dalmau + saida dalmau + anna julibert + carmen vilar iida awards 2010

‘spiral garden system’ by benet and saida dalmau, anna julibert and carmen vilar

‘spiral garden system’ by benet and saida dalmau, anna julibert and carmen vilar from spain is one of the second prize winners of ‘iida awards 2010‘, organized by designboom in collaboration with incheon metropolitan city.

the light mesh structure is a spiraling green space which provides a place for urban gardening, encourages social interaction between neighbours and serves as a place to lock up your bike.

designers’ own words: ‘we wanted to build a new environmentally-friendly town where the environment is considered as an important part of everyday life. we propose ‘spiral garden system’: a public sustainable place like a green heart, easy to maintain and self-sufficient, created by a joint population that will stimulate social interaction among neighbours. a light, spiral structure protected by a transparent and suggestive mesh, the project encourages the city to create sustainable exchange spaces in different ways. this spiral contains an ascending garden where native vegetation can coexist with urban orchards, shared and planted for the neighbours for easy maintenance and serving also as a green outdoor walk. ‘spiral garden system’ increases social interaction between people, provides a place for exchanging natural products, and becomes a way for local residents to get involved with their neighbourhood. to sum up, we propose an ecological project in a way to give sustainable change to daily city lives, where humans and nature can coexist.’

in the park

(left) project sketch and render (right) bird’s eye view and dimension


rendering of the interior


in a city context

  • It is an interresting concept, I like it, but race fence is a famous project of dutch design house Demakersvan..??

    flow says:
  • @flow: Why you refer on the less important aspect? This does not mean that nobody should use ornament on fences anymore, only because someone did it already. The concept is good even without ornament, though.

    Gabriele says:
  • It still is a great idea but it is true that the essential design is from demarkersvan

    max09 says:
  • I love this concept.
    but if they would have chosen a different surface treatment this might have been more original.
    please do not get nervous, gabriele.

    flow says:
  • Yes , flow is right.
    Anyway… I like it too.

    YUJI says:
  • small Container cultivation is not a practical or sustainable way of keeping plants healthy, especially not vegetables. But the depth allowed for topsoil is not sufficent to grow anything taller than veg and ground covering plants
    also a lot of draft and not a lot of sun for plants…
    it is advisable to have someone who knows about plants in any architects team using them.

    stunned says:
  • To stunned.
    Are you a hobby gardener? Me too.
    I understand your conern, but cannot quite follow your negative reaction.
    By the year 2050, nearly 80% of the earth’s population will reside in urban centers. The concept of indoor farming is not new, and I see here a potential solution: farm vertically! We should create sustainable environments for urban centers with always less space. Of course this is only an entry for a competition and not yet a refined architectural project. If the architects are willing to revise their project it could work. Congratulations for this proposal.
    I guess this is the main reason for such competitions – to stimulate feedback and initiatives.

    Thomas says:
  • @stunned.
    Are you sure?
    Do you know for example – Verticrop?
    If not, please have a look at http://www.valcent.net/s/Home.asp
    They are in the development and do manufacture commercial vertical crop technology.
    Something like that does not need depth for topsoil!
    As far as i understood it can be installed in any location and enables producers to grow a variety of salad crops, vegetables or flowers…

    Eli says:
  • I use unglazed ceramic pieces from broken pots to keep my plants humid and cool in hot summers, when I am away for the weekend. This should work in a similar manner.

    Pushkar says:

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