V Emporia Ephemeral Architecture Awards 2017
XVIII Premios de Arquitectura de la Región de Murcia 2015
The firm Cafés Salzillo asked us to design a stand for Murcia Gastronomical Fair 2014. The aim of this stand was the presentation of a selected product from the smallholder coffee farms in the Brazilian area of Minas Gerais, located in the hearth of El Cerrado.
This area, due to its high altitude, is ideal for being the headwaters of several important rivers. Then it is a great attraction for local people and also tourists, thanks to its natural beauty.
In this stand, we wanted to reproduce part of this natural atmosphere, creating inside several green masses which colonise the interior space, as well as serving as the lamps of the stand. For that, we used real plants such as several species of ferns, asparagus plants and hanging cactus.
A simple fastening system, which consists of two cables that pierce the flowerpots, holds the plants at an intentioned height and spacing. Afterwards, each plant was inserted in its flowerpot to shape a characteristic vegetable column.
Finally, fifty columns were formed with a total of 350 plants.
These columns had an aesthetic function and also a practical mission: being a lamp. The last flowerpot, which is the nearest the public, incorporates a light to bath the floor of the stand in light.
The rest of materials used to build the stand serve to recreate this effect. For that purpose, a neutral color -black- is chosen for walls and also for the curtain in the background. The furniture follows a simple aesthetic too.
After the dismantling of the stand, the system allows the recovery and re-use of the 100% of plants, which can continue their life cycle in other contexts.
Architecture and interior design by CLAVEL ARQUITECTOS
Partners in Charge: Manuel Clavel Rojo / Luis Clavel Sainz
Team: Rafael de Giles González, David Hernández Conesa
Photography: David Frutos (BISimages)