TIDAL GARDEN, ART INSTALLATION, LONDON
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- Project Facts
Client: National Architecture Student Festival
GFA: 250 sqft
Levels: 1 level of seat
Land Area: 250 sqft
Height: 15 Meters down the Thames River
- Team Credits
Designer: Shen Fei
C+S Engineer: none
M+E Engineer: none
Quantity Survey: none
Main Contractor: AA students
Sponsors: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
- Design Story
Tidal Garden aims to establish a two-way engagement between the River Thames and pedestrians along the Embankment. Plants become water pollution indicators for the River demonstrating the reductive effect of polluted water that causes vegetation to wilt. The concept of providing a passive vegetation system that could raise awareness on the hygiene of the river could potentially transform the whole Thames into a habitat of wild fishes for the future.
Utilizing the tidal process to store water for the irrigation of vegetation growing on the surface of the bulk, water is transported using the high and low tides phenomenon and capillary pull actions. Valves are used to trap water during the low tides seasons. A bench is provided to create a physical barrier for the walking pedestrian. The bulk structure is secured at both ends as well as at its middle to keep the whole installation in place.