In 2012, bsq Landscape Architects have come up with an innovative way of using a commonly found item - namely shipping pallets. These pallets are often tossed aside as junk, instead of breathing new life into them, providing them with a new purpose.
For the 2012 Canada Blooms Garden Show in Toronto, Canada, bsq Landscape Architects presented the Pallet Garden, made of 109 standard industrial shipping pallets. The Pallet Garden was an interpretation of a small urban garden that can be established almost anywhere, as a private residential garden, a community park and even a unique relaxing patio garden by the beach. It is a lush green initiative and inspiration using a mass of colorful perennials and threes and a vegetable garden grown both horizontally and vertically across the wooden pallets. It is a creation that is clean, accessible and inviting and that can be enjoyed and appreciated by all.
50 percent of the pallets were new and the others were from site projects. Afterwards, they all ended up being used for moving material from the installation as well as for a restaurant in downtown Toronto.
This project was published in the 2017 book, Pallets 3.0: Remodeled, Reused, Recycled Architecture + Design by Chris van Uffelen.