A PERSONAL GARDEN - Order in the Landscape
Order by Geometry
''Making Place'' –
generating a 'system' to underlie and guide the fabrication of ordering: a simple Garden, tended and sustained by an infrastructure centralized at the Compost Bin, with a watering main line controlled with a programmed timer/spigot-hose bipp to clean garden tools, and maintain moisture within the Compost Bin.
A fiberglass 'vault' top to the cube-like Bin, can be lifted and raised from either the Front or Rear, on pivot rods that also support the top assembly. This permits supplying compost material (grass clippings, kitchen scraps, etc) from the Rear, and extracting reduced organic matter from an opening at the Front. Vent openings are provided on both sides and the Rear, determined by the material geometry of cinder block units, as well as vent slots on each side of the hinged vault top.
Solid cinder blocks are also used in the design of the spigot, to maintain the theme (as well the 'platform' paving pattern at both the Compost Bin and the entrance gate are also generated from the 8''x16''x4'' solid blocks), and a 'shifted' geometry is used to provide a ‘slot’ which can house the digital watering cycle timer. The geometry of the entire Garden evolves from the order that is based on the unit module of Compost Bin itself, centered on the axis. While the Bin is essentially a Cube, its geometry repeats as variations on all sides, embracing "regulating lines". Raising the 'vault' top of the Bin results in a 'latent' Golden Section, completing the theme..
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Undertaken to both provide satisfaction thru Sustainability, education for Self and Children [playset at rear], and healthy Provisions for Family.
Field Sketches for construction, given to Carpenter, laid out on graph paper, a pencil on a string to cast the curve.
Axonometric showing assembly of components, complementing the "construction documents".
Opposite View, focused on the centered Compost Bin: 'stone' versus 'wood', the conceptual generator of Geometry. Education/Appreciation
The Compost Bin, appended to the enclosed Garden, exhibits geometric principles both as 'grid' and 'shifts', as well as the Theme of Squares.
"Front" facing inward, with a slot from which to scoop compost; "Rear" faces outward, with a hinged top to supply fresh organic materials; "Sides" are identical with air slots for ventilation. The hose bipp enclosure houses a water timer and provides a platform for washing and filling containers.
Geometry of Block modules, closed Form to the Garden interior, the only opening to remove Compost.
Facing outwards, "slots" in the Block pattern to allow compost to 'breathe', 'rot, and contain internal heat.
Form of the Faucet "platform" is composed of the same modules, providing for hand-held watering cans, spaced ergonomically for clearance.
The Proof: Cube literally evolves as Golden Section when the arched 'roof' [translucent to admit sunlight, functional to limit overwatering] is supported on metal rods.
After more than 20 years, the Site and its elements have aged/'weathered' but remain a source of Spring - Fall outdoor Living.