Planters and Works Mixing Technology, Mobile Architecture, and Nature

March 1, 2016 by

Plant CityRunner Up for Core77 Design Awards in Built Environments.

”A collaboration between architects, designers, and technologists who are building new ways of interacting with nature,” say Plant-in City architects Huy Bui, Carlos J. Gómez de Llarena, and Jon Schramm about the collective to which they each bring a unique set of experiences.

Plant in City Steel Planter

Outside the collective, each of the founders is involved in creative endeavors which inform their works. Huy Bui is the co-founder of An Choi Vietnamese Eatery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and Carlos J. Gómez de Llarena works with physical and digital experiences which shape social interaction and our perception of space.  Jon Schramm is an adjunct faculty member at Parsons School of Constructed Environments and NJIT School of Architecture and Design. Their combined innovations result in incredible installations, all with living elements.


One of their projects, Plant City, incorporates a combination of mobile computing, modular architecture, embedded technologies, and basic laws of physics to create sculptural terrariums. Each of the structure’s units is made with cedar wood, copper piping, digital sensors, and includes lighting that is controlled with a smartphone app. The units can function as terrariums on their own, but when stacked with modular components they create sculptural versions of an indoor garden.


Plant City was featured at the Microwave International Media Arts Festival in Hong Kong as part of the exhibition “Living Architecture.”


Created as an installation, you’ll find a Plant City at clothing retailer Alternative Apparel’s Soho, New York City location.

Alternative Apparel

We love their latest project, the MINI series, sold by Home Made‘s studio and workshop in Brooklyn. These are Corten steel planters that come in a variety of structural shapes and finishes—from oxidized to black patina, to natural polish and the extra exquisite copper-plated finish.

Mobius3 Steel PlanterOxidized Corten Steel

MINI_II_Steel-1_1024x1024Natural Steel 

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 10.11.36 AMBlack Patina


MINI_II_Copper-plated-2_1024x1024Copper Plated Steel

Just like Plant City, the MINI series can be stacked, but are extremely stylish on their own as well.

Group of MINI by Plant in City

There are three versions of the MINI:

Plant-In MINI Brochure images

But there are many ways to arrange them in multiples.

Glass Terrarium by Plant in City

If you find yourself in Brooklyn, you can see the complete collection at Home Made’s live-in showroom where you’ll revel in the furniture, artwork, homeware, lighting and food, all set within the context of an urban apartment.

h/t Selectism
All images from Home Made and Plant-in City.


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