Moss Your City by PUSHAK


Oslo architects PUSHAK have installed an indoor terrain of moss arches and screens for the London Festival of Architecture, which opened last weekend.

The project is PUSHAK's first outside their native Norway and is part of The Architecture Foundation's international exchange programme for emerging architects in Norway and the UK.

Moss Your City can be seen at The Architecture Foundation until the 6 August.

The London Festival of Architecture continues until 4 July.

Photographs are by Guy Archard, courtesy of The Architecture Foundation.

Here's more from The Architecture Foundation:

Moss Your City: An installation by PUSHAK
19 June - 6 August 2010

Moss Your City, by the Oslo-based architectural practice PUSHAK. is the outcome of The Architecture Foundation's international exchange programme for emerging architects in Norway and the UK - launched to identify and promote the best new architects from both countries, creating networks for creative and cultural exchange.

PUSHAK was established by Sissil Morseth Gromholt, Camilla Langeland, Marthe Melbye and Gyda Drage Kleiva with an inclusive vision of architecture that considers local landscape and climate, energy use and local human and natural resources in the design process. The practice quickly gained recognition for, amongst other projects, a series of rest stops along the National Tourist Routes that placed contemporary architecture within the Norwegian landscape.

Moss your City is PUSHAK's first project overseas and furthers their research into the relationship between contemporary architecture, landscape and natural resources. It was inspired by the Bankside Urban Forest (a focus area of the London Festival of Architecture 2010) and by the work of green activists across South London.

Responding to a long history of moss in architecture - from traditional Japanese gardens to Victorian mosseries - PUSHAK presents a spectacular moss landscape that is designed to inspire and enchant. The aim is to show moss as a beautiful and versatile material that can work in harmony with contemporary design. Naturally abundant and requiring low maintenance, moss could be exploited to create new types of architecture that unite nature and architecture.

PUSHAK believes that, along with architects and planners, individuals should also take responsibility for greening cities to create more amenable, vibrant and healthier places to live. The accompanying catalogue shows how you can get involved in urban gardening projects in South London, as well as providing a recipe for 'moss graffiti' so that you too can Moss Your City.

Moss your City is the official Norwegian participation in the International Architecture Showcase, organised by the British Council and The Architecture Foundation for the London Festival of Architecture 2010. Later this year, UK architects will return to Norway to take part in Oslo's 4th International Architecture Triennale.

Installation Design: PUSHAK (Sissil Morseth Gromholt, Camilla Langeland, Marthe Melbye, Gyda Drage Kleiva and Isabel Ruiz)
Curator: Elias Redstone, The Architecture Foundation
Project Manager: Richard Collis, Jackson Coles
UK Supporting Practice: Metropolitan Workshop
Construction: Construct Scenery & Living Props
Lighting Design: Speirs and Major
Lighting Equipment: Philips & Architainment
Structural Engineers: Adams Kara Taylor
Project Intern: Anjeli Placzek
Furniture: Hive
Moss Consultants: 6a Architects
Norwegian Partner: Norsk Form

See also:


Growing Jewelry by
Hafsteinn Juliusson
Rainforest by Patrick
Nadeau for Boffi
More architecture

Posted on Tuesday June 22nd 2010 at 5:34 pm by Brad Turner. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • what a damage done to the forest…
    moss takes ages to grow!

    unless, it’s a permanent structure we’re talking about. of which i doubt.

  • tanya telford – T

    coincidently have become a bit obsessive (ish) about moss recently because started to notice how sweet the air was in woods with it (is it connected? – have seen some fine moss in Asia & Europe ),

  • Davide

    a bit damp in there maybe?

    installation looks very good, I hope the moss will find some suitable place after the dissmissing

  • tanya telford – T

    (forgot to say have only really visited cities or beach/deserts in other parts of the world,)

  • nico

    @ tanya telford – T moss does contribute to a “sweet” smelling air when it’s in its proper surroundings. This gallery, however, is not conducive to appropriate environmental conditions for moss. The result after prolonged display will be a damp, stale smelling air in the space and will eventually rot. I have seen plenty of moss and indoor grass installations that seem great on opening night but slowly decay over the course of the exhibits. Sad but true.

  • tanya telford – T

    thanks nico, was thinking to go to and see this, at the very least then this is a comment on an appropriate environments for things?, not sure, (has anyone see this yet? why moss an interior?), guess it has to been seen to be understood,

  • This is amazing!

  • Jack

    Moss is hard to get going and will die fairly quickly in this sort of application. So, basically take a beautiful, living organism, strap it to a wall, kill it, move on to the next ‘high concept’ ‘environmental’ idea that no one will ever do for real (but sounds good).
    Phew! The future is secure.

  • nico

    @tanya telford – T it would be great if you could visit and repost about the exhibit. would be interesting to note its construction, application and ultimate fate after the exhibit is over. is this moss simply slapped onto a shell or (I would like to think) was the process a little more involved where watering (however little) etc was taken into consideration?

  • tanya telford – T

    @nico – sure, will have a look tomorrow and post finding on here (am very interested to see it),

  • tanya telford – T

    so, – this was set up in the foyer/gallery (smallish space). The dimensions worked well within specific internal space, (I liked it – “walking through moss angular cutaway arches”). Construction – moss was not so much formally embedded in the structural frame but this was a temporary exhibit. I did ask about watering – moss was sprayed with water every morning, (im guessing this says something about type of environment it naturally grows in). PUSHAK had made a newspaper type pamphlet (didn’t get a chance to look at it) was told it had details of growing plants etc in cities – sounded good.

  • tanya telford – T

    forgot to say, thought this exhibit was worthwhile as helps bring to the forefront subject of plants & architecture in cities, sustainability re: planting etc and air quality and things like that (green structures…).

  • tanya telford – T

    apologies – wrote “was” above but this is on until august 6th,