Back in April, my post on The Plant Room, a “clip-on” garden shed of sorts for high-rise, multifamily residential buildings generated a decent amount of dialogue from MNN users with reactions ranging from “that will never work” to “brilliant! I want one, building codes be damned” to “that’s the scariest thing I’ve ever seen.”
Since April, the Wellington, New Zealand-based Plant Room team has made a good amount of headway by moving the fantastic, and some would say far-fetched, green design concept into the prototype stage and further fleshing it out the Plant Room website. I thought I'd revisit it.
As you can see, the images I've included are pretty much self-explanatory but here’s a bit more on the Plant Room concept from the team:
The Plant Room is intended as a prefabricated room that bolts-on to a variety of existing apartment types, improving the quality of living, reducing energy and water use, and generally making the building more sustainable.
A Plant Room provides hot water for one occupant and a healthy growing space for herbs, fruit and vegetables all year round. It also offers a worm farm, a rainwater tank, an outdoor space and an enclosed room.
It shades the apartment to avoid summer overheating and collects hot air to circulate warmth in the winter. It is designed to improve the quality of apartment living while reducing the energy and water use of its occupants. It could also be a suitable solution to office retro-fits.