CONTAINER BY. COPENHAGEN, DENMARK, 2015
This remodel is a creative take on the traditional bathroom sink, built with both function and aesthetic form in mind. It was fabricated in a small artist atelier during a residency in a semi-off grid building located at Container By, an experimental art/architecture land project in Nørrebro, Copenhagen. The site has no running water or bathroom facilities.
Two white porcelain sinks hang from the ceiling, suspended one above the other by red rope threaded through wooden rings. Water from washing hands and brushing teeth trickles from the upper sink into the lower, which contains a filter made out of mushroom mycelium. The water flows through the mycelial filter and down to the plants, which drink the liquid and eventually transpire it into the air, returning the water to the hydrologic cycle.
The handmade sinks were slipcast in porcelain at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and finished with a transparent glaze. The metal box housing the plants was fabricated by folding and riveting a rust free alu-zinc metal sheet. The bottom of the box contains a sand/leca stone biofilm filter and a particle filter which covers an overflow valve. Shelves were made using the offcuts from the wooden rings, in order to establish a coherent overall character to the finished piece.