October 26, 2016 | by Dave
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Image courtesy of Nelson Kon and The Plan Magazine

Tryptique Architecture is (porously) paving the way for the integration of natural systems and growth into the structure and function of architecture.  In Sao Paulo, Brazil  they created a “mineral/vegetated skin”  for a three story building of six artist studios called Harmonia 57.  The walls are made of a porous mixture of sand, cement, and verniculatis within which large pores are created from molds to hold a variety of plant species.  The vertical ecosystem is watered and fertilized by a conspicuous irrigation system that utilizes electric pumps to deliver water from rooftop rain-collection wells to wall-clinging sprinklers.  A sensor disconnects the irrigation system when it is raining.

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