Got Grass? Milk Crates Green Up Living Pavilion

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Milk comes from grass – with a little help from our bovine friends – but Living Pavilion, built from used milk crates, turns that equation on its head.

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Saddle up and let’s go green! “Living Pavilion,” a low-tech, low-impact installation conceived and created by Ann Ha and Behrang Behin, employed recycled milk crates as a framework for growing verdant and vital planted walls. The saddle-shaped structure formed an open-ended environment whose interior surfaces took the form of green, living walls which completely surrounded visitors.

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With Living Pavilion, the designers sought to evoke “a synthesis of form, structure, light, and life”. Pretty cool, huh? It was indeed, and in more ways than one: the planted structure featured suspended shade-tolerant plants that, via the principle of evapo-transpiration, moderated hot summer daytime temps so that the interior became a cooling environment.