The Test-e planter is made of dry-mix concrete, and supplied in two lengths: 2 metres and 1.20 metres. It has a striking oval shape, sharpened at each end to lighten its presence. Its texture includes linear diagonal grooves that reduce the apparent weight of the concrete while at the same time acting as a transition to the verticality of the plants growing inside it. The aligned arrangement of several planters acts as a vegetated boundary between roads and pavements, eliminating the need for bollards or pivots.
Assuming this dual function, the architects designed Test-e in conjunction with Escofet in 1988, with the intention of installing it on pavement edges in the Eixample district of Barcelona. This street furnishing element is part of the A-E-I-O-U Vocabulary Collection, composed of Test-e, Llum-i Gat-o and Banc-u. The hint embedded in their compound names implicitly contains the idea of creating a new vocabulary of elements as the expression of the specific response of each one to the same issue: the confrontation between the neutral gravity of fluid concrete and the potential tension it adopts when adapting to different uses.
Moulded concrete, reinforced with stainless steel, with a stripped finish and in the Escofet standard chart colour. Internal breathable, flexible, waterproof lining. Self-stabilising, no anchors are required to install them. Drainage takes place through the holes that pass through the baseboard at the bottom.