With spring just a few days away, it's time to get started on those gardening projects. Thanks to this clever new design from , city dwellers can now take part in this seasonal ritual.
Korean architect Jungmin Nam's Pocket Panels were conceived as part of a building design for a kindergarten in Seoul. Made of fiberglass-reinforced concrete, the teardrop shaped panels are integrated into the facade to act as planters for flowers, grass, cacti or even edibles, and include drainage ports in the bottom.
The panels are an unconventional and savvy way to incorporate gardens and landscaping in increasingly cramped urban communities. For Nam, this space-saving solution is as much about aesthetics as function. "The pockets decorate the entire building with colors from nature itself," says the architect. "They provide an extra decorative effect."
The panels can be attached to the wall in a variety of patterns to create an undulating effect. The design is in pre-production, meaning non-millionaires may finally have a shot at their own urban garden.