The structure of the material is solid, yet porous... Water is slowly diffused through it, and is held by the cells giving the plant time to drink and allowing you to water less often.
THE VISION. The core idea was to create a new home for plants. It needed to be simple, clean, low-maintenance and hydroponic - without the use of any soil or dirt. Combining the idea of hydroponics and the concept of porous material was the key. We created our proprietary ceramic material that has just the right amount of porosity and hygroscopic tendencies to allow water to diffuse through the material and allow the plant to grow on the surface of the material.
ESIGNING FOR PLANTS.We wanted to design a piece that was aesthetically beautiful but it also needed to serve a function; it needed to be agood home for plants. For this we needed to produce a complex shape for the surface of the terraplanter to meet the needs of the plants. It needed to:
Hold seedson the surface while they sprout.
Hold waterfor plant roots to drink.
Provide ashape and texturethat would allow plant roots to grip the surface.
We usedparametric designto create the shape we envisioned, and created several prototypes to test with seeds and plants. After testing we looked for ways to improve the product and refined the algorithm and design to get to theoptimal solution for plants to thrive.
HOW IT WORKS.The terraplanter is a vessel that acts as a water bank. Thewater is held in the vessel and is slowly diffusedthrough the material to the cells on the surface for the plant to drink.