Imagine a waste bin (you heard me). Take that bin and fill it with compostable products like grass cuttings, tea bags, & cardboard (just do it). Now attach your new plant-worthy cell to the facade of an ugly building with thousands of other composting bins (don’t forget the plant).  You’re all finished! Now watch it grow, reduce CO2, collect rainfall for reuse, and transform your least favorite eyesores into a recycled, green, and overall cool looking structure. Now wasn’t that easy?

This, in essence, is what designer Stanislaw Mlynski was imagining when he designed the award winning Re-cell ecological wall. A big undertaking, maybe, but this design shows that there is relevant potential for similar modular systems in eco-cities of the future.

Designer: Stanislaw Mlynski


  • Bauski says:

    I didn't go through all the info but so far this looks like someone really put some thoughts, investigation and technical insight into this concept instead of just greenwashing a turd.

    I'm impressed!

  • moreno says:

    cooooooooooooooooooollllllll :0

  • Grey says:

    Loving this idea, and concept…. process might be expensive, but in a couple of years it will be well worth it.

  • Sly says:

    This is beautiful. I just do not know How could it “automatically” work? The plants how you take care of them? How you change the soil if it is need to be changed? So the every day operation of the building would be interesting for me. 🙂

  • Fee Lih Pay says:

    Great concept! Nice way of collecting water and overall shaping.

  • meira says:

    Love it!!

  • R.Coelho says:

    Love the concept and the aesthetic! Nice work

  • swanand kalugade says:

    loved the patterns.. good work!

  • Pawan Kumar says:

    We cant keep saying "futuristic ideas" and push off the project we need to make this happen.

  • Pawan Kumar says:

    We cant keep saying “futuristic ideas” and push off the project we need to make this happen.

  • Ray says:

    It takes more than bricks to make a building. Would a building made of these modular compost/planters be stable enough? Would the Eco benefits (less landfill, increased plant-life) offset the cost (energy and pollutants made during production of each of the planters. Since it’s a fill once and then put it on a building, it cannot spread out its eco-cost through multiple uses.

    Also, the grand majority of plants grow vertically, what type of plants would you use? If these plants grow too large they may either fall out or cause the planter itself to fall.Would a skyscraper surrounded by other skyscrapers (like in downtown) receive enough sunlight for these plants to grow? would you have to replace the soil every few years (detritus would fall downwards away from the soil)? How would you reseed if a bad season/disease destroyed the plants? Would you even bother?

    How will people transport these from their homes to the buildings? A container that is sturdy enough to act as an outer wall of a building, and that is filled with dirt is bound to weigh quite a bit, not something that can be easily transported. Will any old schmoe just be able to add their ‘brick’ to the wall? What happens when the wall becomes too large? Will you bring in machinery to add each individual piece on (adding to the eco-cost)? Or will this be a commercial endeavor, whereby the bins are collected en masse and a wall is subsequently built?

    I’m no architect/engineer but there are a few issues with this design. It takes more than bricks to make a building. Would a building/tall wall made of these modular compost/planters be stable enough? How do these interlock? You cannot extend the height of a building merely by building taller walls surrounding it. Buildings are not so arbitrarily designed (it’s not like LEGO). By doing this you would not automatically be able to extend the building vertically, thereby removing any indirect CO2 savings.

    Nice idea though. I would like more information on how it would work practically.

  • Ray says:

    sorry a bit of copy and paste there

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