Nomadic Allotments©
London

Design co-ordination: Dr Cristian Suau & Rachael Davidson
Design tutor team: Dr Cristian Suau & Rachael Davidson
Building team: WSA students
Client: Borough Market, London
Publication: AJ, Domus, The Guardian, BBC, Cardiff University press
Type: mobile architecture, urban allotments, gardening & mini-farming
Year: 2010
Budget: £10000
Building system: Euro-pallets, metal connectors, painting, plastic trays
Landscape: flowers, herbs, grass, vegetables
Place: Borough Market, London

NOMADIC ALLOTMENTS©
Nomadic Allotments© is part of a major applied research on ‘Potential Eco-frames’ carried out by Dr Cristian Suau since 2004 and its linked with PHS© (design research). In 2010 London Festival of Architecture and Borough Market contact us to explore the possibilities to build up low-tech agro-devices by employing trashed materials such as pallet boards, plastic trays, etc. We agreed to experiment and bring a repertoire of elementary design into Borough Market and also incorporate our design studio in this activity.
Nomadic Allotments© offers a feasible solution to construct your own portable allotment without having a piece of land. Each mobile allotment has been constructed from reclaimed materials mainly pallets boards (as frame) and packaging trays (as flowerpots). Functionally each device offers a variety of growing, eating and seating areas for market-goers, local visitors and residents alike. All our gratitude to London Festival of Architecture, Borough Market and the Welsh School of Architecture. This section shows the full design process of Nomadic Allotments© from preliminary sketches to the completion phase.

Useful links
nomadic allotments 1
nomadic allotments 2
architecture foundation
union street orchard

location  

urbanites allotments  

preliminary ideas  

axo - building components (1)  

axo - building components (2)  

axo - building components (3)  

spatial configurations  

spatial configurations  

preliminary collague  

preliminary collague  

A-frame - prototype  

'staple' frame - prototype  

box frame - prototype  

A-frame & flowerpots  

the place: borough market, london

across sections: borough market

fabrication of prototypes  

trapezoidal prototype: frame

trapezoidal prototype: frame

trapezoidal prototype: frame

trapezoidal prototype: vegetation

staple prototype: frame

staple prototype: frame

staple prototype: frame

staple prototype: vegetation

A-frame prototype  

A-frame prototype  

A-frame prototype  

A-frame prototype colouring

box frame