Flavor Paper Field

 

 
 

At the rooftop of Flavor Paper, planting over 750 native grasses and perennials created a field of live organisms that register the patterns of the environment. When the patterns of the field and sky are conflated in the mind, a transportive experience is within reach.

 
Clouds behind bright green alpine meadows by Horia Varlan

Clouds behind bright green alpine meadows by Horia Varlan

 
Alpine Meadow by SNappa2006

Alpine Meadow by SNappa2006

 

Patterns that appear asynchronous have further enriched people's experiences of the Flavor Paper Field: crickets chirping during its mating season, an unexpected swarm of bees and butterflies in the summer, a hawk eating a pigeon, a gust of terrestrial scents.

 
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At Flavor Paper, the planting is choreographed; the concept of layering is applied across many dimensions, and at many scales. Layering occurs in the horizontal and vertical; as wholes and as parts; as forms and colors; and in terms of time and seasons.

For this project, plants are selected for their expressive foliage. While delicate grasses that sway and register the dynamic flows of the wind prevail, plants that display vibrant colors in the spring and fall are also important to the design.

Panels of black steel simultaneously frame the field and screen out views of adjacent, barren rooftops. This simple gesture accentuates the interplay between the field and the sky.