BACSAC® was born with the encounter between designer Godefroy de Virieu and landscapers Virgile Desurmont and Louis de Fleurieu. Together, they looked for an alternative solution to get around the constraints of the creation of a roof garden in town: difficulties of transportation, excessive weight, but also lack of choice of containers, most of which are often very expensive. How can we reverse the tendency to pay more for the container than the contents? How can we make mobile an installation which is often fixed because of its weight and its rigidity? How can we create a planted area at the lowest cost?
The idea of planting in bags comes from this desire to change habits and promote what should be - the plant; a return to the basics which is to contain the earth in order to cultivate it.
That is how they came to launch the manufacture of bags in a permeable geotextile. Not only is it lightweight, but it also prevents asphyxiation of the soil. The good circulation of air and water within the BACSAC® promotes plant growth, the conditions can almost be compared to those in the earth. The lightness of the bags (less than 1kg) also discharges the roof garden of the heavy weight of traditional containers.
Since its launch in 2008, BACSAC has had great success. Landscape professionals love the ingenuity of the concept, architects, and town planners see its potential for projects, and everyone appreciates its flexibility, mobility, and weightlessness.
Photo (from left to right): Godefroy de Virieu, Louis de Fleurieu and Virgile Desurmont