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The seed for Wallflower was planted 4 years ago, when Haldane Martin came across the Seoul Commune 2026 project. He was inspired by this architectural vision for high density, sustainable living where nature and farming are brought back into the urban environment.
For the actual design, He biomimicked the space efficient packing array of bees honeycomb to create nested niches to hold soil and plants. He has also biomimicked the water and nutrient distribution network of plant leaf and branching patterns for the design of the irrigation network.
The modular system is made up of 3 different sized planters, creating a hexagonal, fractal pattern that climbs up vertical surfaces.
Each of the planters is made from recycled, rotation moulded, UV stable, High Density Polyethylene and are wall mounted with recycled stainless steel brackets.
A drip irrigation system is mounted onto the brackets behind the planters, creating a branching network of irrigation pipes that runs up the wall. Feeder pipes enter the planters from behind, just below the soil surface and water the plants with water efficient, self-regulating, dripper valves. A liquid, organic, nutrient delivery system can also be integrated into the irrigation system.
The planters have drainage holes positioned so that excess water draining from one planter drips into the planters below, minimizing water loss.
A modular tripod trellis system enables climbing plants such as beans, tomatoes or creepers to spread out beyond the planters.
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