Location: Paris, France
Creative Team: François Roche, Stéphanie Lavaux, Jean Navarro
Hydroponic System: R&Sie(n)
Area: 130.0 sqm
Project Year: 2008
From the architect. Structural development and construction of the green prototype: Christian Hubert De Lisle & Cie
1) Design of a Private laboratory as Duck Blind cabana
2) 1200 Hydroponics ferns
3) 300 glass beakers "blowing" components for bacterial culture / extra light through refraction / "Rear windows" negotiation with the neighbourhood opposite views on closed courtyard.
4) Collecting raining for watering plants with individual mechanical drop by drop system including nutritional adding on proportioning controls
5) Devil's Rock emergences ("close encounters of the third kind"), with a nature (fern) coming from the Devonian period (dinosaur), technologically domesticated to come back in the actual regressive French period
According to the wiki, Hydroponics (from the Greek words hydro water and ponos labour) is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, without soil. Terrestrial plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only or in an inert medium, such as perlite, gravel, or mineral wool.
All the collecting glasses were made by a crafty technique, called Glassblowing. This is a glassforming technique that involves inflating the molten glass into a bubble, or parison, with the aid of the blowpipe, or blow tube. The transformation of raw materials into glass takes place around 2400°F (1315°C); the glass emits enough heat to appear almost white hot. The glass is then left to "fine out" (allowing the bubbles to rise out of the mass), and then the working temperature is reduced in the furnace to around 2000°F (1100°C). At this stage, the glass appears to be a bright orange color.
R&Sie has used this technique to make a new façade for a private laboratory in Paris, but most of the technical data are private, so enjoy the images and if you have more questions, you can use the comments to ask, we will get in touch with R&Sie and ask to take part in the forum, as they did in our previous post about the Waterflux.
You can see more from R&Sie(n) at the blogs from their studios at Columbia and Angewandte:
Columbia 08 - Francois Roche-Marc Fornes
Angewandte 08-09 - Francois Roche-Marc Fornes-Stephan Henrich (Manfred Herman Assisting)