OFL Architecture with Feredico Giacomarra & Mitchell Joachim win Hortocontest contest
The project stems from the idea of creating a perfect synergy between architecture, nature and social technologies Jardimpu (Arduino and Paraimpu). The name ‘St. Horto' is a pun, between Italian and English where the two words ‘Horto' and ‘St' simultaneously suggest the idea of a sacred, intimate garden and something crooked, apparently disordered but full of life, just like a plant.
Together they represent the irregular geometry (crooked or oblique) but highly controlled architectural design of the garden. St. Horto fits perfectly within the project area and at the same time it redefines the boundaries through a game of compressions and expansions which creates dynamic and attractive spaces.
The concept originated from the observation of spinning methods: mechanical (woollen mill) and manual (spindle or mistaff). These two elements have been reinterpreted and incorporated into the project and represented by wooden poles and ropes of white canvas.
The triangular tanks containing the real garden are created by the repetition of three modules, which combine to create endless compositions. In line with the Lanificio's inner cultural activities, the designers have chosen to adopt this geometry through the analogy of various forms of art: painting, drawing, music and cinema.
The architecture ends up plays a fundamental role in the spaces which are: asymmetric but proportionate, uneven but harmonic, and create unusual tactile, olfactory and visual perspectives designed to facilitate a complete and suitable experience for children.
Access to the garden is located on the west side of the roof, in front of the entrance to the terrace. From here visitors can immerse themselves in a space characterized by a succession of energetic triangulations, which follow one another along a path of particular educational functions.
The designers have defined the innovative feature of St. Horto in its integration with the 2.0 technology through a customized project. Inspired by other projects of interactive gardens with sensors, the installation of a technology which allows real time monitoring of the growing plants in the garden has been implemented.