STLAi Tackles the City’s Smallest Urban Space

 

Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc.'s Design for an urban balcony in Metro Toronto
Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc.’s Design for an urban balcony in Metro Toronto

 

STLAi’s design of an al fresco kitchen for a condo balcony has been getting plenty of attention lately. The design was completed for Reserve Properties 109OZ Condos and was recently featured in the Metro Toronto (May 23, 2013). The article notes that the design “offers the condominium dweller a chance to grow, prepare and eat their meals in a lush outdoor garden.”

Scott wanted to “turn people on to the idea of urban gardening by making it simple and accessible.” To achieve this goal, STLAi designed a line of custom steel and cedar planters that can be used to grow herbs and vegetables with very little work. The design is based upon light weight and low maintenance green roof strategies.  The planters are self-watering, so maintenance is kept to the very minimum, and condo owners can leave for the weekend knowing that their herbs will still be thriving when they return.  The planters also include an option for an attached cutting board table top, making the distance from farm to kitchen prep a matter of millimetres.

Three sizes of custom planters to complete the Al Fresco Kitchen Garden
Three sizes of custom planters to complete the Al Fresco Kitchen Garden

The Al Fresco Kitchen Garden concept has also recently been featured in Metro Vancouver, Village Living, Urban Toronto, Condo Guide and Buzz Buzz Home.