The primary inspiration of Invisible farm comes from metal frames on the typical Taipei city residential building windows. As one of most unique feature of Taipei typical residential building, most of the residents customize their windows by adding metal window frame for additional security protection and/or creating extra space around their window. It is also common for many residents to use these space to place their planters.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Invisible farm is the installation project as a part of Taiwan Wanderer Guide 2012 exhibition at Taichung, Taiwan. It is rooted in traditional Taiwanese window cover, typically known as “Iron bar”, and integrated with vertical window farming concept. The hexagonal unit holds in-take and out-take water supply and can be configured into one window farming field, which people can harvest edible plants at their windows in urban condition.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Started with brainstorming the modular system design, and create mock-up with pre-formed PVC semi-sphere and laminated with watertight glue to hand-cut acrylic base to test the ideal size for the installation. After determined unit size, mass production mold was created at a factory in Tainan. There were around 60 hexagon module produced for the Invisible Farm installation in Taichung. After on-site installing the module and tested vertical farming system with silicon tube and water pump for irrigation system, selected plants were installed in those modules.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project was initiated in beginning of 2012 and spent two month developing the concept and design. First prototype was made in June, 2012 to test joint and water tight system. Finally the installation was install August 2012 in Taichung city, CMP Block where one of most popular art gallery in the city. After the exhibition, the planter module was developed farther more systematic and for larger number of production in 2013.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Planter module is made with molded PVC with heat pressing joint, and connected with stainless steel bolts and nuts. Each module installs drip irrigation tube for water distribution.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Hexagon Planter Module: 23 cm width and 20 cm height
Size of Installation: 5 meter width x 2.8 meter height
Vertical Farming, Invisible Farm, Daisuke Nagatomo, Minnie Jan, MisoSoupDesign
The research agenda of Invisible Farm is to extend the possibility of window farming, which is based on hydroponic agriculture concept, to create more unique and customizable system. By creating adjustable joint system and re-configurable geometry, the Invisible Farm could have unlimited possibility to create vegetating area in urban living space.
The most challenging part of Invisible Farm was to create water circulation system for irrigating the plants, and to make feasible hydroponic system without expensive pre-made components. The watering system of Invisible Farm is fairly simple and practical to even make one without very specific knowledge of engineering. Also, as an art installation, it was critical to make the entire installation visually attractive. So, the special colorful polymer, which absorbs nutrient water for plants to grow, was to used instead of soil based medium.
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