a concept by CENTRALA to reconstruct hydorbotany in architecture, 2018–ongoing

 

the project is part of the Warsaw Wetscape series

a concept by CENTRALA to reconstruct hydorbotany in architecture, 2018–ongoing

As a living component of architecture, greenery is constantly evolving. Plants change cyclically along with the seasons, blossom and die out. This encourages us to change our temporal perspective when we design with a view to the life tempo of greenery. Greenery also co-creates the microclimate in the spaces we inhabit.

Over the past 30 years, as CENTRALA has noticed, aquatic plants had disappeared from Warsaw, and so did the knowledge of hydrobotany. The microcosms of ponds were replaced by sterile, chemically cleaned basins or empty troughs.

Balconies with Pond Troughs. Photos Michał Matejko

By introducing new, elevated versions of them on our balconies and roofs, we can affect the urban microclimate on various scales. By treating hydrobotany as a component of architecture, we can create habitats for many creatures. We can live amid dynamic matter in the cycles of its annual transformations.

Balconies with Pond Troughs

An inspiration–a rich variety of aquatic vegetation.

“Curtis’s botanical magazine” 1801-1883; F. Edward Hulme, “Familiar wild flowers figured and described”, London, Paris, New York 1878-1905; Flore Tropicale. Iconotheca botanica ks. Władysława Michała Zaleskiego, 1827; “La Belgique horticole, journal des jardins” 1851-1885; „Deutsches Magazin für Garten-und Blumenkunde”, 1852; CC BY-ND www.ogrod.uw.edu.pl/floratheca

The concept for spacious prefabricated elements arose during the Spring 2020 pandemic lockdown.

the project is part of the Warsaw Wetscape series