Lost in Paris


The clients who came to the architecture firm R & Sie had one request: they wanted a house designed that would allow them to look out, but not allow people to look in. In the center of the density of Paris, one can understand the need for privacy combined with the luxury of natural light and open windows. Plants were not mentioned, even once.


However, R & Sie based their design around the concept of a duck blind. A hydroponic system of ferns are used as a screen to camouflage the house from the surrounding neighborhood and to provide a sanctuary of privacy. In this case, plant material is used as a second skin in place of another screen material. Hand-blown canisters are hung from the structure, looking like the remnants of a strange scientist. They are meant to ferment the nutrient system that will be later fed to the plants.
Common hydroponic systems are used for growing produce, or as vertical gardens on the interior buildings. Yet, very rarely are they seen letting plants express their organic and wild nature. Although this system is very orderly and controlled, the aesthetic quality reveals an almost jungle-like quality. In a city that is the birthplace of highly manicured gardens, this project shows the potential of plant material when thought of in a different way.


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