Starting from Problem Resetting.
A customizable indoor greening system that fits any space by flexibly combining units.
Despite high demand for greening of offices, commercial and medical facilities, only a few percent actually have sufficient greening. After analyzing this situation, we defined two “spaces lacking for plants,” and worked on designs to address the issue.
The first one was "lack of physical space for plants." Efficient use of space is required in offices, commercial and medical facilities. With typical pots, it is problematic that plants take up floor space proportional to their number. To solve this issue, a pot resembling a stack-up block was developed. By "stacking them up" instead of "placing them on the floor", efficient greening is possible in limited spaces. Furthermore, the unit was designed to have the same length and width, and can be freely stacked to adapt to a space. It can be used as a partition or for regulating human traffic, allowing flexible layouts within a space.
The second issue was "lack of space in people’s minds." Plant care is essential for greening, but this extra task represents a major psychological hurdle. Difficulty in clarification of the plants’ ownership, especially in public spaces, also affects this. Therefore, we designed a unit that allows for the addition of an automatic irrigation system. Since the unit was designed to be equal in length and width, like a block, water hoses can be efficiently laid out and installed even after freely assembling the blocks. This resulted in an indoor greening system with no daily watering required—just filling up the water tank on a regular basis is required.
Analyzing the situation where indoor greening is not progressing, asking questions and designing two spaces for plants—it is not a design that started from designing a plant pot, but a design that identifies and solves a problem. A new greening system that has never existed before was born from a design that devised questions.