Sun Seeker

Hortum machina, B from Interactive Architecture Lab on Vimeo.

A self-driving garden may seem far-fetched but now, the University College London’s (UCL) Interactive Architecture Lab has created a nomadic, self-cultivating garden that moves around all by itself!

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The sphere has been designed by UCL students William Victor Camilleri and Danilo Sampaio (under supervision from the Interactive Architecture Lab’s director Ruairi Glynn). They call it the Hortum machina, B (the ‘B’ standing for Buckminster ‘Bucky’ Fuller, the creator of the geodesic dome).

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The Hortum machina, B was inspired from one of Buckminster Fuller’s most famous books ‘Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth’. A thriving garden (with built-in water storage) is encased within a large ‘bucky’ sphere. A robotic core then monitors the environment via a network of electrodes. These electrodes in turn respond and direct the spherical structure towards sunlight to give the garden what it most needs. The whole structure is solar powered.

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The innovative and experimental project begins to expand the concept of London’s ‘green space’ towards new ground, literally! Extremely inventive!

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