Spiral Garden System Fit for Urbanites

Another awesome concept from IIDA, the Spiral Garden System is a proposal for a sustainable public garden that’s totally self-sufficient. The architecture adds interest to the urban landscape with its transparent, yet suggestive mesh cage. Native vegetation greenhouses coexist with urban orchards along a walkway that just beckons to be used. It’s a great “twist” on the typical urban garden and looks to be well suited for any plot size. Hat tip to Designboom.


Designers: Benet Dalmau, Saida Dalmau, Anna Julibert & Carmen Vilar

21 Comments

  • Dwight says:

    Really awesome idea!!

  • Dwight says:

    Really awesome idea!!

  • James says:

    It is a really awesome idea. It was a really awesome idea the first time it was done a few years ago. It was the solution produced to combat food shortages and land taken up by crops for inner city areas. Lovely visuals, but unfortunately it's already been thought of.

    • broccoli89 says:

      You're correct that this is not the first time the concept of vertical farming was thought of but it is the first time I have seen one designed to be smaller for more of a community garden use. If you have seen other designs like this I would love to be linked to them.

  • James says:

    It is a really awesome idea. It was a really awesome idea the first time it was done a few years ago. It was the solution produced to combat food shortages and land taken up by crops for inner city areas. Lovely visuals, but unfortunately it's already been thought of.

    • broccoli89 says:

      You're correct that this is not the first time the concept of vertical farming was thought of but it is the first time I have seen one designed to be smaller for more of a community garden use. If you have seen other designs like this I would love to be linked to them.

  • A beautiful design which solves a real problem. I hope that many towns adopt this

  • A beautiful design which solves a real problem. I hope that many towns adopt this

  • A perfect design for utilising the wasted space of roundabouts in the UK.

  • A perfect design for utilising the wasted space of roundabouts in the UK.

  • broccoli89 says:

    I love the use of chain fence. Supports look a bit excessive for that size of a structure but my structural engineering skills are basic so I could be wrong. Solar panels on the roof would be a good add on. Use them to run some "grow lights", or what ever they are called, on some of the levels that do not get as much sun. Would also allow for maybe a few underground levels for plants with less light needs.

  • broccoli89 says:

    I love the use of chain fence. Supports look a bit excessive for that size of a structure but my structural engineering skills are basic so I could be wrong. Solar panels on the roof would be a good add on. Use them to run some “grow lights”, or what ever they are called, on some of the levels that do not get as much sun. Would also allow for maybe a few underground levels for plants with less light needs.

  • SUE says:

    I wonder if the directional light from the sides will be enough to ensure proper growth of the plants?? (possible etiolation?)
    Another problem might be the positive photo-tropism induced by the directional light with the plants tending to grow towards the side with most light instead of straight up.??

  • SUE says:

    I wonder if the directional light from the sides will be enough to ensure proper growth of the plants?? (possible etiolation?)
    Another problem might be the positive photo-tropism induced by the directional light with the plants tending to grow towards the side with most light instead of straight up.??

  • cedarheart says:

    really cool idea, but how will the walls be cleaned?

  • cedarheart says:

    really cool idea, but how will the walls be cleaned?

  • if suplipmental lighting is required, you should look into SSL plasma, full spectrum lighting

    • Practical says:

      Bearing in mind enviornment friendliness & minimal footprint, the ideal solution would be to channel sunlight direct to the areas that receive less normal light (see http://www.sunlight-direct.com/lighting.php for systems that could be used for this).
      Additionally, the light collectors could be mounted almost anywhere (within limits) since sunlight is channelled to the areas required via fiber oprics. Advantages – No storage required (sunlight for growing only required / available during the day), One time installation, flexibility, very minimal power required (for orientiation of 'collectors').

  • if suplipmental lighting is required, you should look into SSL plasma, full spectrum lighting

    • Practical says:

      Bearing in mind enviornment friendliness & minimal footprint, the ideal solution would be to channel sunlight direct to the areas that receive less normal light (see http://www.sunlight-direct.com/lighting.php for systems that could be used for this).
      Additionally, the light collectors could be mounted almost anywhere (within limits) since sunlight is channelled to the areas required via fiber oprics. Advantages – No storage required (sunlight for growing only required / available during the day), One time installation, flexibility, very minimal power required (for orientiation of 'collectors').

  • Dreama says:

    Time to face the music armed with this great inofrtmaion.

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