This hanging planter is designed to be located in Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is specifically designed to house a mint plant, and is made of piano wire and heat-shrink wrap.

Fall 2018

Architecture Studio: Elaboration I

Professors: Jonathan Kline, Benjamin Saks

Folded Garden

Sketch of Plant
Infographic
Concept

PROCESS

A rather short design exercise, I started by researching the mint plant which I was assigned. I knew that this planter had to be hung at Phipps Botanical Gardens for two months, so I looked into what a mint plant needed to stay alive, and how large it could grow up to.

I was then inspired by the form of the plant to design the planter. I realized that the mint plant always grows leaves in pairs, and thought this was a unique attribute of the mint plant that I wanted to explore. I also wanted to help with water drainage, so weaved piano wire at the bottom to increase water flow.

DRAWINGS AND FINAL PRODUCT

Section
Plan
Planter
Vivian Teng
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