VacPak

Project in collaboration with Ulises Reyes — VACPAK is a series of Vacuum-formed mini-greenhouses combined to form a new type of living facade system that allows for “single serving” plants to be plugged-in by the users.

Our project aims to promote new ways in which small scale urban-agriculture can take place, making it a seamless part of architecture that adapts to external conditions.

Vacuum forming 25 modules from HDPE

Based on climate conditions, the user has the ability to orient the plants toward the inside or outside of the building, either taking advantage of favorable climatic conditions, or sheltering it from more hostile ones.

Rotating the modules outside during rainfall (photo: Iwan Baan)
Since thermoforming is an inexact process, we used the waterjet to get the correct dimensions             

The plastic is molded to capture rainfall and align the plants toward the correct sun positioning based on the installation's orientation.

Assembling the 3D printed joints that allow the modules to rotate

As a part of the collective, the project seeks to frame one side of the installation as a geometric counterpart to the square frame. The convex shape encourages engagement both internally and from those passing by.

(photo: Iwan Baan)

Our project aims to promote new ways in which small scale urban-agriculture can take place, making it a seamless part of architecture that adapts to external conditions.

(photo: Iwan Baan)