Capsule Garden: Productive/Protective/Place
Student: Clay Bismarc Anderson School: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Architecture Academic Level / Program: Graduate Student / M.Arch Project Year: 2011 Project Type: Competition
This project was a competition entry during my internship with Takenaka in Japan this summer (2011). The competition was entitled 'Another Reality', and based around a potential nuclear radioactive future. The main question is how we might have to live when the lines between inside and outside become so severe.



The year is 2023 and outdoor air quality has been compromised by nuclear radiation. This makes normative life for humans difficult. A solution to take back the outside spaces is realized with the Garden Capsule. This system can be retrofitted to existing DANCHI (apartment buildings). It will provide not only protection to from outside extremes but give buildings new vivacity and character. The capsule gives the occupant a new escape from the entrapment that the world and Japan now face.This system features a skin that is embedded with hydroponic planters so that living can be sustained through urban farming.




The skin is a cast polycarbonate assembly which is roughly 60 cm in depth for radiation shielding. The first layer of protection is the water filled capsule body. Within this body molded pods for plants occur over the entire system. The new capsule will provide both protection and a new form of liberation from the harsh external environment.



Life and health is restored.
Submission by Clay Bismarc Anderson, Last Edited By Chris M.
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