Get the best of your green thumb with our new planter designed by the award-winning studio deFORM. Inspired by the classic terracota pot, the first batch was made by ceramists Martina Hudečková and Ĺubomír Ontkóc in their Prague studio. Using leftover material from previous projects and locally sourced clay, plæntr has nearly zero carbon footprint. Get it on our e-shop.
Humanity faces several major challenges today – some of them are directly related to public health such as climate change, anti-microbial resistance or the challenges of urban lifestyle. We believe that plant research may bring solutions to at least some of the global threaths. There are 400 thousand plant species in the world and only 2% have been scientifically studied. But it has already been proven certain plants have anti-microbial properties while others help clean air in interiors, not to mention the psychological value plants and nature bring to our lives. As the importance of sustainable lifestyle is increasingly growing, people tend to reach towards herbal remedies as an organic, natural alternative to synthetic medicine. Available information, however, are not always correct and reliable, and it is therefore vital to provide a trusted source based on scientific research.
The project's name is inspired by Thaddaus Häenke, famed explorer and botanist who is sometimes dubbed "Czech Humboldt". Häenke was born in a tiny little village in Bohemia but spent most of his life on scientific expeditions around the globe where he collected thousands of plants, described its uses and even contributed to the creation of the smallpox vaccine. He died in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 1816. By naming our project after him, we intend to pay him a long deserved tribute.
Plants as food, food as plants.
_ Designblok, 2017
What are the psychologic benefits of plants in offces?
_ Czech Centre London, 2017
On urban greenery.
_ reSITE, 2018
Lucerna Palace Rooftop
Five gardens. Six trees. Tens of herbs and edible plants. All for the benefit of both human and animal inhabitans of the city.
_ Střecha Lucerny, 2018 - 2019
Recreating a typical room of a plant-loving millenial.
_ Praha, Fórum pro architekturu a média, Brno 2019
A multisensory journey to rediscover one’s childhood connection to nature.
_ Prague Quadriennal 2019
A celebration of Czech woodlands and meadows in a non-traditional setting.
_ Eska Karlín 2019
As part of our mission to promote the use of plants in our lives, we regularly hold workshops whose aim is to raise awareness about phytotherapy and to teach the public how to work with medicinal plants when making your own natural cosmetics or herbal medicine. Past seasons’ topics included plant tips on how to combat stress and anxiety, how to make a perfumed water from essential oils or create a bespoke cold cream against dry skin, all based purely on natural ingredients, free from dubious chemicals and friendly to both your skin and our planet.
We’re currently redesigning the entire programme and will have more news in due course.
We think conceptually about plants and their role both in cities and within specific venue or events. We’re neither landscape architects nor gardeners yet a bit of both and much beyond. We do love dig into soil as well as into the rich cultural and social connotations plants represent to us.
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Hænke Botanical Lab
Prague 3 - Žižkov 130 00
Opening hours: Mo - Fri 13 - 19h