, , , ,

interior view east
image © meagan whetstone

american architectural designer jenny sabin has developed ‘the greenhouse and cabinet of future fossils’ 
in the american philosophical society‘s garden at the APS museum. it takes the idea of a greenhouse
and puts it in a modern context. made of recyclable materials, the 16 meter (52′) long structure requires no heat. 
110 cold frames are supported with CNC cut high density polyethylene sheets. the mini-greenhouses are situated
between the open structure, and filled with edible and ornamental plants. each box measures
60 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm (24 in x 12 in x 12 in) and is removable and portable,
allowing for winter gardening in urban spaces. 

the entire structure is pre-fabricated locally in philadelphia, USA and assembled on site. the ribs have a recycled
plastic lumber board cross-bracing system, that is bolted into place, allowing for easy assembly and dismantling.
the cold frame boxes easily clip into the structure.  

interior view
image © brent wahl 

vine canopy
image © brent wahl 

cold frames detail
image © jenny e. sabin 

planted cold frames
image © brent wahl 

(left) cold frames detail
image © jenny e. sabin 
(right) planted cold frame detail
image © brent wahl 

cross rib and splice plate detail
image © meagan whetstone 


3D model 


rendering of components 

generative studies and fabrication drawings for the greenhouse 

site plan 

source: http://www.designboom.com