Thinking Outside the Window Box: Urban Garden System Suspends From Windowsill

March 31, 2012 by

When space is at a premium, necessity becomes the mother of invention: this hanging urban garden uses the air space outside a window. For urban gardeners and farmers without land, terraces, or balconies, Paris-based design/architecture firm Barreau&Charbonnet reinterprets the hanging garden concept with,Volet Végétal, a drawbridge-like suspended urban garden.

Volet Végétal mounts against a windowsill then, with a pulley system, extends out about five feet, then lowers to a horizontal position and back up again.


Integrated planter boxes fit into pivoting frames to prevent plants from falling out as the Volet Végétal is moved from the vertical to horizontal position.

The complete system is easily removed from the window and brought inside to become a free standing vegetable garden–just add some grow lights for use indoors.

Volet Végétal will be on view from May 31 to June 3 at the Paris urban garden show, Jardins Jardin, which Urban Gardens will be covering: check back here to see what is trending in urban gardening from Paris.

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  1. Georgia said:

    Perfect for me – I live in a mid-rise apartment without a terrace but have lots of windows.

    — March 31, 2012 @ 15:29

  2. Kevin said:

    This is also perfect for me too as I live in NYC and the coop kicked me off the roof last summer. Where can I buy this system?

    — March 31, 2012 @ 22:15

  3. Sharon Wong said:

    . . . but is there a safety issue seeing as it becomes a falling missile if the pulley snaps?

    — April 1, 2012 @ 07:13

  4. Robert Webber said:

    Care required with watering me thinks, but fab idea!

    — April 1, 2012 @ 07:21

  5. Ena Ronayne (@plantmad) said:

    Suitable for a warmer country I think. Can’t see it taking off in Ireland, not with our weather! Love the concept though!

    — April 1, 2012 @ 07:42

  6. Bobolinker said:

    As the plants grow taller, they will bang into the bottom of trays above when the unit is reeled in. Careful selection of plants could avoid this, but for instance basil might be a problem.

    — April 1, 2012 @ 13:20

  7. Barbara Hobens said:

    Can not endorse this one.

    — April 1, 2012 @ 15:42

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    Yes, good point.

    — November 23, 2013 @ 03:18

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