Students create unique hovering garden for Islington community

15:09 16 June 2012

The elevated garden in situ at Grenville Gardens, Islington

The elevated garden in situ at Grenville Gardens, Islington


Students have created an innovative hovering allotment garden to allow people in a north London community to grow their own food.

American Intercontinental University interior design students in their final year developed their plug-in allotment garden commissioned by Islington Council and FROGG (Friends of Grenville Gardens).

Built on a site contaminated by the presence of Japanese knotweed, an alternate ground condition was required in the form of raised bed boxes ‘on stilts’ so they are not in contact with the ground.

The project consists of 18 individual wooden planters each built and stewarded by an individual family in the surrounding community.

Each plugs into an elevated wooden structure and watering system that channels harvested rainwater collected from an adjacent rooftop.

The design, inspired by the forms of agricultural communities that have developed along river floodplains, mimics a branching river that distributes water to wherever it is needed.

Individuals can chose where they want to place their allotment box in relation to the water source and height they require.

AIU student Dimitri Eristavi, 22, said: “This project is a great opportunity to start understanding how the actual client/designer relationship works.

“Furthermore, it is a very interesting case as this project provides unique collaboration between the design team and the local community.”

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