A design collaboration between:
Formation Association formationassociation.com
TerreMoto Landscape terremoto.la
& Arktura arktura.com
Video produced by Stephen Schauer
Flora-Gato is a biomorphic trellis providing shelter to cats and informal seating to human volunteers serving the feral cat population.
The trellis structure takes an organic form while also suggesting the function a pouffe or an ottoman. Its exoskeleton is comprised of recycled and fiberized plastic, formed into ribs which are water-absorptive and serve as an ideal armature for planting.
Populating the trellis, Spanish Moss, an epiphytic plant drawing water from the moistened exoskeleton, assists in both shading and evaporative cooling for cats seeking shelter in the den-like interior, while the densely spaced Korean Grass plugs act as a thermal mass further regulating interior temperature.
Whether as shelter or seating, Flora-Gato exists in a state of hybridity, negotiating between flora and fauna, natural and synthetic, offering shelter to felines living in the inter-species urbanism of an ascendant Anthropocene.
FORMATION ASSOCIATION - ARCHITECT
Design Director: John K Chan, AIA, LEED AP
Managing Director: Grace U Oh
Designer: Sami Elkhattabi
Team: Orbel Mangasar, Richard Kassab, Alex Protasevich, Anna Protasevich
TERREMOTO LANDSCAPE - ARCHITECT
Principal: David Godshall, ASLA
Designer: Erik Schmahl
Team: Diego Lopez, Juan
ARKTURA - FABRICATOR
Director, Project Design & Development: Sebastian Munoz
Junior Job Captain: Sylvia Zilifian
Marketing Manager: Omar Ramirez
Producer & Director: Stephen Schauer
Production Coordination: Marika Borgeson
Editor: James Connelly
SPECIAL THANKS TO
Sarah Lorenzen, Director, The Neutra VDL Research House