With a look toward injecting nature into cities through indoor planting, French architect Alexis Tricoire has created a magnificent garden installation to provide a boost to a retail space.
Tricoire and his architecture firm have explored a clever indoor garden concept suspending a sculptural, mobile garden inside a new mall in Prague.
As retailers contend with an economic retail downturn, many shopping centres are injecting life indoors through the installation of vegetation on floors, walls and even ceilings, as seen in Tricoire’s Green Mobile Project.
The Prague mall installation features a series of planters overflowing with visually striking greenery hung above one of the mall’s main escalators.
The planters’ shapes draw inspiration from shopping bags through their “boxy” structures and cut out sections that represent bag handles.
Tricoire collaborated with 3form, a manufacturer of sustainable building materials. The metallic planters were constructed of Varia resin material with 40 per cent recycled content to complement the project's green core.
The installation features 14 planters hung from a light bar that zig zags across the ceiling. The structures also feature mini LED lights to illuminate the plants while “adding relief to the vegetation,” 3form said.
The Green Mobile Project is also an opportunity for the mall to inspire shoppers through imagery. With its planters overflowing with plants resembling bags overflowing with products, the installation may send a subconscious message to shoppers, encouraging them to begin spending again.
Tricoire is renowned for his artistic expression in botanic architecture and was the driving force behind Vegetal Atmosphere, a prospective studio laboratory for plant-based designs. He holds extensive knowledge of the plant world and is the creator of the Green Pillow product, a waterproof cushion that inflates to hold a plant.
Innovative garden solutions have long been seen as a way of connecting indoor spaces to nature. In recent years, vertical gardens have become popular, adding colour and nature both to indoor surfaces and on external building facades.
As Tricoire's oxygenated installation suggests, suspended gardens can also effortlessly both bring about the indoor environmental benefits of adding vegetation and improve aesthetics.