Bespoke zinc tree planters
The Victoria & Albert Museum in London is a world-leading museum of art and design.
The John Madejski Garden at the heart of the V&A acts as a meeting point, resting place, and exterior display venue. The modern-day garden was designed in 2005 by landscape architect Kim Wilkie, and the stepped, elliptical pool and water feature provide a serene reflection of the surrounding buildings, whilst the lawn and planters impart a tranquil backdrop to a changing array of outdoor installations. The garden is named in honour of John Madejski, who funded the project.
IOTA was commissioned to manufacture and supply 22 bespoke zinc tree planters for the garden.
The 1000mm-square planters were manufactured from 2.0mm-thick zintec steel with a polyester powder-coated finish, clad with 1.2mm-thick zinc sheet. The zinc cladding was pre-patinated by IOTA, and will continue to age naturally.
The images show the planters with a general background patina resembling old lead, with some lighter areas. Over time, the planters will become lighter overall, with increasing levels of tonal variation, plus natural and characteristic white / grey zinc oxide highlights.
The planter concept and design was by Dmitri Martin Associates, with manufacturing design detailing by IOTA. They include:
IOTA’s planters were commissioned by idverde, Europe’s largest landscape services provider, who was responsible for the soft landscaping plan and installation.