Moving through the space of the pavilion will be like moving through time. As you walk through, you will observe the progression of plant growth: from seeds and sprouts at the entrance of the farm to fully developed plants after a few meters.”

Carlo Ratti

Visitors enter the “Hortus” circular pavilion and follow an immersive route that leads to a vast indoor hydroponic vegetable garden. Here, anybody can choose to plant seeds in a hydroponic tank and start monitoring their growth.

By utilizing sensors that measure the plants’ status, visitors are connected to the farm digitally and are able to access it remotely, from the “Hortus” web app (www.hortus.eatalyworld.it). Once a person plants a seed in the hydroponic farm, an Internet-of-Things device will match his or her profile with that of the corresponding plant. Using the web app, the visitor can then track the state of the plant’s biological data, its level of growth, and even share it on social media. At “Hortus,” you can sow seeds of basil, curly lettuce, wild rocket and butter lettuce. Once the plant is finally ripe, it will be collected to be eaten.

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a project ideated and curated by CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati for FICO Eataly World
venue: FICO Eataly World
photos credits: CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati
video credits: CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati
date: October 2017