2017 / Design For Society / Design for Sustainability / Professional

TetraPOT

  • Prizes
    Gold in Design for Society/Design for Sustainability
  • Company
    Sheng-hung Lee Studio, China
  • Lead Designer
    Sheng-hung Lee
  • Design Team
    Sheng-Hung Lee, Wan Kee Lee
  • Client
    Government
  • Project Link
  • Other credit
    2016 ─ Idea, Gold ─ Environments 2016 ─ Red Dot Design Award, Winner ─ Habitat 2016 ─ James Dyson Award, National Wineer (taiwan) & International Top 20 Winner 2016 ─ Spark Award, Winner ─ Concept, Professional 2016 ─ A' Design Award & Competition, Silver ─ Sustainable Products, Projects And Green Design 2016 ─ International Design Awards, Gold ─ Design For Society, Sustainable Products 2016 ─ Sichuan-taiwan Industrial Design Awards, Silver ─ Environments 2016 ─ Tuvie: Modern Industrial Design And Future Technology, Publication ─ Designs And Concepts, Green

It started with a vision to create a stronger yet
greener sea defence. Since we were in kid’s
age, we have
been wondering what these concrete blocks
are and why these artificial sea defences
occupy almost all
beaches. Current artificial sea defence
structures tend to be dislodged over time by
the force of the
ocean constantly crashing against them. They
have also been criticized for destroying the
natural
scenery along coastlines. As for natural sea
defence, more than 35% of the world’s
mangroves are
already gone because of the greenhouse
effect. We not only identified some challenges
that people need
to face but also found some design
opportunities that the project team will going to
focus on, e.g. Under
mutual benefit/value theme, we will create
symbiosis between artificial sea defence and
natural sea
defence.

TetraPOT is a sea defence sustainable system
made of concrete, organic materials and plants.
It comes
with plant seeds in a decomposable pot.
Randomly distributed TetraPOTs along
coastlines will eventually
interlock to create a long-lasting sea defence
of growing trees and roots that help keep the
blocks in
place. As plants grow inside out from TetraPOT,
the roots will intertwine and gradually become
a natural
sea defence. The shape and placement will
enable TetraPOTs to interlock with each other
and form a
structured web. The design not only prevents
soil erosion, but also helps to protect and
create a natural
habitat. It’s not only a defence, but also an
ecosystem. A home for other livings.

DESIGN PROFILE
1. Dimensions: 1.5m*1.5m*1.5m (L*W*H)
2. Weight of the project: 1 ton
3. Materials Used: Concrete, Decomposable
Material, Soils, and Copper

Bio
Sheng-Hung Lee is a designer, maker and professor. He is inspired by multiple domains of knowledge, different perspectives, and he thrives on creating new value for clients in multi-disciplinary teams. He is trained as an industrial designer and electrical engineer, and his approach to problem solving is influenced by his passion for how design and technology impact on and can be integrated into society.

Other prizes
2017 ─ iF, Gold ─ Discipline Professional Concept 2017 ─ Outstanding Adjunct Professor Award, Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, Fudan University 2017 ─ European Product Design Award, Gold ─ Design for Sustainability 2016 ─ IDEA, Gold ─ Environments 2016 ─ red dot Design Award, Winner ─ Habitat 2016 ─ James Dyson Award, National Wineer (Taiwan) & International Top 20 Winner 2016 ─ Spark Award, Winner ─ Concept, Professional 2016 ─ A' Design Award & Competition, Silver ─ Sustainable Products, Projects and Green Design 2016 ─ A' Design Award & Competition, Bronze ─ Disposable and Single-Use Product Design 2016 ─ International Design Awards, Gold ─ Design for Society, Sustainable Products 2016 ─ International Design Awards, Bronze ─ Home Interior Products, Kitchen Accessories/Tabletop 2016 ─ International Design Awards, Bronze ─ Home Interior Products, Bathroom Fittings/Appliances 2016 ─ International Design Awards, Honorable Mention ─ Safety Design 2016 ─ Sichuan-Taiwan Industrial Design Awards, Silver ─ Environments 2015 ─ IDEA, Finalist ─ Student Designs 2015 ─ Spark Award, Student Designs ─ Concept 2013 ─ Spark Award, Student Designs ─ Concept 2013 ─ Core77 Design Award, Student Notable ─ Interaction 2013 ─ IDEA, Finalist ─ Student Designs 2012 ─ IDEA, Gold ─ Student Designs 2012 ─ Braun Prize, Special Mention ─ Student Designs 2012 ─ Fujitsu Semiconductor MCU Electronic Design Competition, Gold 2012 ─ Fujitsu Semiconductor MCU Electronic Design Competition, Excellent Prize 2012 ─ Fujitsu Semiconductor MCU Electronic Design Competition, Best Creative Award 2012 ─ Core77 Design Award, Student Runner-up ─ Consumer Products 2012 ─ Core77 Design Award, Student Notable ─ Equipment 2012 ─ red dot Award: winner ─ Design Concept 2011 ─ red dot Award, Best of the Best ─ Design Concept 2011 ─ National Science Council, College Student Research Award 2011 ─ Taipei Industrial Design Award, Honorable Mentions Award ─ Design Concept

Photo Credit: Sheng-hung Lee Studio
Credits: 2016 ─ IDEA, Gold ─ Environments 2016 ─ red dot Design Award, Winner ─ Habitat 2016 ─ James Dyson Award, National Wineer (Taiwan) & International Top 20 Winner 2016 ─ Spark Award, Winner ─ Concept, Professional 2016 ─ A' Design Award & Competition, Silver ─ Sustainable Products, Projects and Green Design 2016 ─ International Design Awards, Gold ─ Design for Society, Sustainable Products 2016 ─ Sichuan-Taiwan Industrial Design Awards, Silver ─ Environments 2016 ─ Tuvie: Modern Industrial Design and Future Technology, Publication ─ Designs and Concepts, Green