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Lopud, Croatia

Architect: R&Sie(n)… Paris

Creative team: François Roche, Stéphanie Lavaux with Barbara Ozimec, Botanist

Collaborator; Leopold Lambert, Jakob Ingemansson

Machines; Stephan Henrich

Key dimensions: 800 m2

Client ;  Francesca Von Habsburg, TBA21 Vienna

Cost: confidential

Design of a greenhouse for alchemist experiments from toxics plants

1) Collecting the casual plants for both medical, poisons and antidotes uses from the middle age period in this Mediterranean situation (Franciscan monastery gardens)

2) Emission of a toxic lava, as a top down existing terraced morphology with a process of  liquid-viscosity effect to define the new greenhouse.

3) Introducing three resistant strength in this dipping down to define the there restricted area for cultivating toxic garden.

4) Watering the building by multitudes of porosity of the ETFE inflatable floating cushion

5) Introducing nasty spikes for supporting this fragile roof

6) Distillating, sublimating, extracting, drying machine and alchemist preparation for the metamorphosis of the plants in juices, ointments and infusions (machine going to be designed and protocolized)

7) Testing the ‘’Fugu’’ effects of each plants on metabolism, by acquiescent visitors (on specific masochism protocols)


Toxics plants

Low risk

1-        Adonis vernalis (Pheasant’s Eye)

2-        Lactuca virosa (Wild Lettuce)

3-        Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley)

4-        Paris quadrifolia (Herb Paris)

5-        Mandragora officinarum (Mandrake)

6-        Asarum europaeum (European Wild Ginger)

Medium risk

1-        Digitalis purpurea (Common Foxglove)

2-        Helleborus niger (Christmas rose)

3-        Datura Stramonium (Angel’s Trumpet)

4-        Dryopteris filix-mas (Male fern)

5-        Scopolia carniolica

6-        Strychnos nux-vomica

High risk

1-        Colchicum (autumn crocus)

2-        Ricinus communis (Castor Oil Plant)

3-        Daphne mezereum

4-        Papaver somniferum (Opium)