The word “clay” comes to mind…, water, air, and light, elements that give rise to “life.”
In this project, we aimed to design a transparent façade to pass light, porous to house water and plants, and geometric to add aesthetics to the architectural element.
“Green Hives” are the result of our endeavor! They are hexagonal cells with variable circular openings that fit together to make a transparent wall. Cells with smaller openings are deeper to hold water and plants, while the thinner hives have wider openings to pass light. As the modules have the exact base geometry, the design is flexible to have any mixed configuration of module types. The concentration of wide modules on higher parts of the wall can help air and light flow, while modules with planters can be installed in arm reach heights for watering convenience.
Functionality-wise, a water system is embedded in the design to facilitate central watering for the whole system. For this purpose, specific modules have small dripping wholes made at the bottom to pass water to the module connected under it. So, when the top modules get watered, the water will reach every herb in the system, and they will retain the moisture based on their specific capacity.