Juliet Sulejmani | February, 24 2016
Hortus, another reason to love Melbourne just that little bit more.
Places Victoria (formerly Vic Urban) funded a twelve-month project, with the aim: ‘to bring life and activity to Harbour Esplanade during it’s development’.
And that is exactly what it has done.
The last time I had been to Docklands was for VAMFF 2015 and that was almost a year ago. There is no other reason to go to Docklands and it’s not just me who thinks this this statement obviously excludes the people that live there, and the ones that go to Etihad for events, and the people that work there, none of the people I know go there. It’s just out of the way and there isn’t really much to do at Docklands.
Which is probably why Places Victoria is planning all these new developments, to help make it a place that people like me and my friends and other Melbournians will want to go to.
I went there the other day, specifically to check out Hortus, I didn’t know anything about it, except that they sold Seven Seeds Coffee there.
I founds out that Hortus means ‘garden’ in Latin and that it is a glass house. It was a collaboration project and was designed by Utopian Folk and inside the glass house their is an edible plant installation by Lauren Berkowitz. Utopian Folk’s aim for the project is “to educate the public in holistic and sustainable living through the implementation of an autonomous glass house pavilion”. Pretty cool if you ask me.
I highly recommend you check this place out before it’s 12 months is up and make sure you pick a sunny day like I did. And also cancel your whole schedule and take a book with you. You will be transported to a happy place, one with plants, sun, water, coffee and friendly people. And like me you will be wishing that the glass house wasn’t temporary and was here to stay.
Sat & Sun 9am – 4pm
131-141 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands
Place 13 for 2016