Room with a View: Window Shutter As Micro Urban Garden
In the hierarchy of urban gardening space, the luckiest have access to outdoor plots or a nearby community garden. Then come a rooftop plot, followed by a balcony with potted tomatoes and herbs, and then maybe, a single basil plant sitting sadly on a stoop. Even people at the bottom of this pyramid are lucky compared to residents of dense urban neighborhoods and high-rise buildings that offer not even a smidgen of outdoor space, making any form of gardening an impossibility.
A clever project from French designers Nicolas Barreau and Jules Charbonnet elegantly transforms a window into a site for a micro-garden, bringing the potential for urban agriculture to just about any building.
The 'Volet végétal' plugs into a window frame (provided it's sufficiently large), instantly greening your view. During the day, the shutter descends like a drawbridge with a tug of the cords, allowing plants full access to the sun. During the night, the drawbridge closes up, bringing the plants back into the interior space. The design includes a stand to transform the shutter into a sleek plant rack to tuck away into the corner of a room.
The designers originally showed the project as a prototype in Paris this May at design competition Jardin Jardin, where it received top honors. Now the team says they're figuring out how to commercialize the design.