Columbia Road Planter

Francis Hur Architecture, London, 2011


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Columbia Road planter 

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  • Columbia Road planter    
  • Pre-cut pieces from the fabricator    
  • Columbia Road planter - closed    
  • Columbia Road planter - open    
  • Indoor planter    
  • Indoor planter in living area    
  • Outdoor planter    
  • Outdoor planter closeup    
  • Section    
  • Indoor planter sketch    
  • Outdoor planter sketches    
  • Cut sheet    

Installation of planter box furnishing in an East London maisonette.

A maisonette with a south facing living area and balcony that faces Columbia Road provided the setting for our clients to take up gardening and grow vegetables.

Indoor and outdoor components combine with the existing window wall to create the appearance of continuous greenery cascading in from the outside. Made of plywood, the planter boxes were designed for the owners to assemble or disassemble themselves with an absolute minimum of tools.

The indoor units interlock and self-stabilize without the use of fasteners. The plywood joints become a material expression of their structural purpose. In addition to bringing in the outside greenery, the dimensions of the indoor units were ergonomically proportioned to be used as additional seating.


  • Begun: May 2011
  • Completed: May 2011
  • Floor area: 3m2
  • Sector: Landscape design
  • Total cost: £1,000
  • Tender date: May 2011
  • Procurement: Design build
  • Address: 20 Baroness Road, London, E2 7PW, United Kingdom

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