VERTICAL GARDENS

VERTICAL GARDENS is a project that takes into account the ever-growing tendency of cities. Cities that are consuming more and more of their surroundings, the natural environment, and ecosystems are slowly disappearing because of hungry cities. VERTICAL GARDENS are not only a universal solution that is based on brownfields creating a new district but also offering new spaces for a lot of other living beings including people.

VERTICAL GARDENS, a “universal district” that is not necessarily connected to a specific place and has a wide compatibility of application.
This prototype is applied on a brownfield near underground Kolbenova in Prague, that, with another plot in Bratislava, were
two places given at the beginning of the school year (2019/2020), together with the topic Prototype/Universality.

Architecture is a discipline very dependant on context and it was a very challenging task to design something universal that should ideally work “anywhere”. But what does this actually mean?
For me, universality is not only something that can be widely applicable but also something that takes into account the current crises; climate changes; and population growth, closely connected with the growth of cities (their expansion, but also, the energy required for them to “live”, swallowing the natural environment, and taking over the world).

In this district, walking is the main means of transport. A street is a place of interaction, a place of socialising but also the shortest and most straightforward route. In between the houses there is a “green strip”, partly private gardens, the rest public space. Sometimes this is more of a forest cut through by little paths. The “green strip” represents nature: it is wild and free, and grows without limits, but at the same time is generous and allows free movement to all inhabitants, not only people. The house is a clash – a clash of architecture, geometrical and precise, with nature that is beautiful and inspiring.
Each flat has its own garden – it doesn’t matter if it is at a ground level or the top floor.
The whole complex simultaneously uses easily recyclable natural materials.
The main material is timber.

Overview of the issue and the approach: The cities are living organisms constantly growing, so full of people but despite that, the most lonely people are in big cities, surrounded by strangers. VERTICAL GARDENS not only try to prevent the city from spreading, but they also take into account the different backgrounds and needs of people, from co-living to small flats. Embracing the public space, creating a new district not only for people but also giving space to the greenery that is so important.

A tree is capable of consuming a large amount of CO2 in its lifetime, which is stored in timber. 1m3 can store almost 1000 kg of CO2, which is released back into the atmosphere when the timber is burnt or decomposed. This is a natural process of CO2 production, and this CO2 is again used by trees, closing the perfect cycle on this planet that we humans have been disrupting. It is very essential to support sustainable architecture that is not only gentle towards our planet but also gives something back to nature that has been taken. Supporting various ecosystems, the cycle of water, decreasing air pollution, and offering a beautiful space for everyone.
The essence of the solution: The project of VERTICAL GARDENS is a place where people and nature are in harmony.
The stakeholders in the project: vertical garden for each flat
universality
wide compatibility of application
green architecture supporting various ecosystems
equality of nature and humans
shared spaces
variability of flats from co-living to a one-bedroom flat
safe public space
recyclable and environmentally friendly materials
population growth