Pineal Architecture

jarDNA vertical garden

In collaboration with Bea Goller

Project of intervention on vertical surfaces of the urban space

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Our project proposes a vertical garden by modules in front of party walls, in this case in Badalona, close to Barcelona (Spain).

“Green spaces are needed, because the atmospheric pollution is very elevated and produces toxic effects on the human health. We need a new protection skin, that provides us O2. We think, that it is basic to center this subject, because if we do not have oxygen, we will die. The increase of the automobiles gas discharge in the urban and industrial sites makes look for sustainable solutions to preserve the physical and mental health of the individual. Plants generate 02, necessary to breathe.

We wanted to give a more architectonic proposal to the subject of vertical gardens, that would show better the three-dimensional aspect of the pieces, because party walls reflects the cutting sense of buildings. They are like a section of the building. When the adjacent building has been demolished and the party wall is shown, the old plans of what had existed become visible, and even if the contiguous building has never existed, the space of the party wall is not a plane, it rather can be developed three-dimensionally. We also liked it being like a fabric, moldable to any vertical surface. We gave a review to the materials and we noticed, that it could be done in a lighter and moldable material, than the materials used normally in architecture.

The plastic and composite were the ideal materials for this project, because of  their molding, their resistance, its process of accomplishment and its cost. The process of manufacture of the modules is based on the use of pressed vegetal fiber, that, when piling up itself, transforms this wall into a green colonnade. The modules can be grouped and do not need to be bound to a wall, depending on the height. The modules basically don’t need any care, but they need a bracing and, depending on the reachable height at which it is wanted to arrive, an anchorage to some vertical surface. This structure, that stiffens the columns, is like a framework of fine threads, being the set like a three-dimensional weave. The form of the modules derives from the helical form of the DNA of the living beings.  The fact that we learn to take care of our environment, that the party walls stay alive and that we have to take care of them,-so that they continue living-, will sensitize us about a more sustainable world and make us feel belonging to a collectivity.
 This vertical garden improves the environment of the urban landscape: it breathes better, it cheers your life, it embellishes your surroundings, it experiments...”

Bea Goller

The basic module is composed by two circumferences of 35 cm of diameter, with 15 cm displaced axes, giving rise to a elliptical cylinder of 100cm of high.  The construction is based on a hexagon. Each side forks into two, creating some bands that rise for the surface of the cylinder as a helix, forming holes, more or less large, according to the needs.  Thus, for example, in 100cm of height we will have 30 cm smaller holes, to place a bag with earth, then
30 cm more open for the development of the plant and finally, 30 cm again more closed, space free among plants.  A ring of steel exercises as union among modules and permits the obsession of the modules of anchorage to the wall or well, among them, in case, that they be placed scattered.  This ring is a hexagon, which permits the placement of the module in six different positions. 
The lower circumference is partly covered, permitting the placement of a bag of soil. It has also six orifices, which enable the step of the system of irrigation and the drainage in the different positions. 

For the landscape exhibition ‚Temps de Flors‘  which took place in public space in Girona (Spain)‚ some prototypes of the module were created and presented to the public during one week.