After a trip to Singapore, where I fell in love with the city state’s combining of concrete AND green I stumbled upon a video with Patrick Blanc, I was attracted instantly to the idea of combining plants with an urban environment. Why? Well, I worked in a school designed by Wiel Arets. If you click that link you will see that the building is basically a concrete box. Moreover, ventilation wasn’t always great.
I reckoned I could tackle a lot of things, whilst broadening my building horizons. What followed was a steep learning process. Particularly one that I couldn’t have gone on with without the help of one of my students.
Tools and Materials
During the building of these walls I used the following tools:
- Japanese pull saw
- Pocket hole jig
- Battery powered drill
- Stanley box knife
- Bosch drill bit set
- Tape meassure
Materials I used were as follows:
- Pond liner. Yes the stuff to put at the bottom of ponds. Anything less sturdy or waterproof is asking for some serious trouble.
- Rot resistant Isolation felt. The one I used isn’t for sale anymore. Also, I would, in hindsight, go a version that seems a lot easier to manage such as something like this.
- Wood to build the frame.
- Garden hose
- Pump that is strong enough to pump up water to the desired hight. This pump worked really well, but do wait for a good deal.
- Screws and washers
- Wood for decorating the frame