Spiral Garden: A Self-Sufficient, Public Vertical Green Space For Cities
Thanks to its design, this spiraling garden can be installed even in the most densely populated urban areas.
One of the most eye-catching creations at this year’s IIDA 2010, hosted by Incheon Metropolitan City, Korea and organized by Designboom, was the ‘Spiral Garden System’ conceptualized by the Spanish team of Benet and Saida Dalmau, Anna Julibert and Carmen Vilar. This multipurpose vertical garden solves the problem of creating additional green space in densely populated urban areas and can be installed in the heart of a city. Its spiralling green space provides a place for urban gardening, parking spots for bikes and a place where locals can take a lazy stroll in fresh air while interacting with others.
The Spiral Garden will be self-sufficient with provisions for drip irrigation, water rain sensors and organic matter and will be equipped with a freight elevator and a water tank.
From the designers:
‘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.’