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HAUT in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Team V Architecture

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

Article source: Team V Architecture

HAUT, the 21-storey wooden residential building by the Dutch River Amstel, is a serious contender to become the tallest timber tower in the world. The municipality of Amsterdam has selected Team V Architecture with Lingotto, Nicole Maarsen, ARUP and brand partner NLE to develop this remarkable high-rise structure. Construction work is expected to start in the second half of 2017. HAUT promises to be a prototype of building in an innovative, sustainable and environmentally-friendly manner.

Image Courtesy © Zwartlicht

Image Courtesy © Zwartlicht

 

  • Architects: Team V Architecture
  • Project: HAUT
  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Photography: Zwartlicht

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Opening of the 17th International Garden Festival in Grand-Métis, Canada

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

Twenty-six gardens will be on view this summer at the 17th edition of the International Garden Festival. Five new creations by designers from Canada, the United States, France and Switzerland will join the temporary installations on view and a sixth will be exhibited at special events throughout the summer.

The International Garden Festival invites visitors to explore twenty-six interactive garden installations created by seventy-two landscape architects, architects, designers and visual artists from nine countries. For the 17th edition, five new creations by designers from Canada, the United States, France and Switzerland will join the temporary installations on view and a sixth will be exhibited at special events throughout the summer.

Five new gardens of the 2016 edition of the Festival were selected by the jury from 203 projects submitted from 31 countries for the annual competition. LE CAVEAU is a complex construction made of stone gabions that support a levitating green platform. CYCLOPS is gargantuan cone 8 metres in diameter suspended over the forest floor. The MAISON DE JACQUES provides a happy home to a forest of beans where children can play hide-and-seek in one of many secret gardens. In TiiLT, 24 tents populate a space like a school of fish or a flock of birds. CARBONE offers a charred tree trunk, capturing carbon during its entire life and contributing to the renaissance of the forest.

These new installations create new experiences and environments to add to those of past editions. Visitors can explore the environment and experience the joy of moving mature trees along a hidden rail in I LIKE TO MOVE IT or admire the movement created by the wind from within the black and white bands of LINE GARDEN. The pure white walls of COURTESY OF NATURE reveal the hidden artistic genius of nature while SE MOUILLER (LA BELLE ÉCHAPPÉE) invites visitors to don a pair of colourful rubber boots to muck it up for themselves among the floating aquatic plants. The whistling white ribbons in LE BON ARBRE AU BON ENDROIT link a forest of hydro poles to teach about planting the right tree in the right place and provide a welcome perch to a resident flock of turkey vultures who have adopted them for their morning outing.

A sixth new garden, DRESS UP!, will be on view as a participatory event throughout the summer where visitors become the garden by donning one of colourful capes. Special events include the annual fundraising dinner in aid of the Festival in the potager on August 5 and a series of events to launch Experimenting Landscapes Testing the Limits of the Garden, a new book by Emily Waugh on the Festival to be published by Birkhäuser in September.

About the New Gardens of the 17th Edition

LE CAVEAU by Christian Poules, architect and landscape architect, Basle, Switzerland.

The growing plane is shrouded in the intimacy of Le Caveau – a simple room of stone and earth. It is a room for reflection. It is a room for dreamers. Just as the plane levitates before us, we are held in the balance of the stone and life itself. The personification of our own imagination is suspended in time. The primitive plane symbolizes a beginning, while the seeds and the soil form the tilted horizon between earth and sky. The beauty of the garden is found in the simplicity and contradiction of material, light, time and space. It is a shelter for meditation and a canvas for nature. In Le caveau, vastness is held behind its ramparts.

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Christian Poules is both an architect and landscape architect who constructs poetic places in the balance of the two disciplines. Practicing outside of fad or style, he is concerned only with the development of the common ground between human sensory experience and natural phenomena. Nature, alone, is his muse and in her realm his work manifests care and understanding of the ephemeral and temporal qualities of space.

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

CYCLOPS by Craig Chapple, architect, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

Cyclops is a singular object on the landscape as well as a singular frame of the landscape. It is made up of 100 8-meter long tapering timber planks held in the shape of an inverted cone around a central opening for the user to occupy. These planks are fastened to each other at the innermost diameter and held upright by a 150 mm steel ring beam at the outer diameter. At first approach, Cyclops is an object on the landscape, seen as a clear, platonic form. Through its transparency and porosity, however, it is an object that is also dynamic and changing, blending with the environment.

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

By entering the central 1.5 m opening at the bottom of the cone, the user enters into a different relationship with the object and the landscape. By experiencing it from the inside-out, the object acts to frame the surrounding landscape and sky for the viewer in this same dynamic, temporal way by blending the man-made, platonic clarity of the frame with the organic and natural. The viewer plays the central role of the work in rediscovering the relationship between the object, the frame, and the natural landscape.

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Formally trained as an architect at Yale University but with a deep commitment to creating art, Craig Chapple has pursued both architecture and the visual arts simultaneously throughout his career. Craig’s work is born from the synergy of these two disciplines, producing work that focuses on the overlap of line, pattern, texture, and process. He works in analog and digital practices in drawing, painting, and sculpture.

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

LA MAISON DE JACQUES by Romy Brosseau, Rosemarie Faille-Faubert, Émilie Gagné-Loranger, architectural interns, Quebec City (Québec) Canada.

La Maison de Jacques (or Jack’s House from the children’s fable Jack and the Beanstalk) is different from the one we know. You might think you have just stepped out of a children’s story. The house is a green grove that is enveloped in bloom. You enter by walking on stepping stones that traverse a ground-cover made of clay beads. Once inside, you wander between the rows of beans of tightly winding their way up a light wooden structure. The walls divide the space into a series of small hidden gardens, singular in their proportions. These cocoons are ideal hiding places for a game of hide-and-seek. One remains a secret, inaccessible.

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

La Maison de Jacques is magical. It will be built over several weeks, starting with the seedlings in May that will grow to be more than three metres in height in a short time. Their clumps of red flowers will be in bloom by the end of July and then the beans will form to bring a taste of goodness to everyone.

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Graduates in the master’s program in architecture at the Université Laval in Quebec City, the designers are working together for the first time on this project to bring their personal interests to life. Romy Brosseau is interested in the relation between the natural and the artificial environment and the interaction between the two. With her various projects, she tries to remove the barriers between architecture and landscape and think of the limit as a space. Rosemarie Faille-Faubert is passionate about the discovery of landscape. She explores the different scales, the tactile, the visual, sounds and smells. With her projects she strives to redefine the relationship between humans and their environment through architecture. Émilie Gagné-Loranger seeks to reveal some new poetry from her research on interior spaces. Her projects explore the limits, feelings and aspects of intimate spaces.

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

TiiLT by SRCW [Sean Radford, architect, Chris Wiebe, designer], Winnipeg (Manitoba) Canada.

Finding roots in the formal geometries of the labyrinth and the many informal camping traditions in the Canadian landscape, TiiLT is a transformable and inhabitable place for visitors to act, or to idle, however they may be inclined.

Each structure may be flipped between two orientations, responding to the position of the sun, offering alternating views and shifting pathways through the site. The toggling movement conjures a school of fish, or a flock of birds, flitting in opposite directions yet connected as a whole. The straw-like lightness of the structures and the white skin recall a field of floral blooms, contrasting the surrounding green landscape and blue sky.

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

TiiLT challenges the notion of the garden in creating an interactive environment that is part sculpture and part landscape – to evoke a sense of place and beauty from modest elements. TiiLT provides simple, intimate, shaded spaces in congregation, retrieving memories of long days in short seasons, time spent alone and among neighbours, embracing the feeling of shared disconnection, together.

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Sean Radford and Chris Wiebe (SRCW) are designers active in the Winnipeg architecture community. SRCW regards the built form as an instigator of ideas, a generator for reinterpretation of the phenomena of everyday experience. SRCW is interested in challenging conventional engagement of form and space, with the goal of inducing pause, inspiring reaction, and inciting response. SRCW’s unconventional use of everyday objects as sculptural materials seeks to create accessibility through familiarity, drawing upon shared experience in the user to evoke delight and excitement. SRCW regards the art of the garden as the creation of an interactive sensory environment, to be fully inhabited in moments of discovery and revelation.

Image Courtesy © Louise Tanguay

Image Courtesy © Louise Tanguay

CARBONE by Coache Lacaille Paysagistes (Maxime Coache, landscape architect, Victor Lacaille, landscape architect and Luc Dallanora, landscape architect), Nantes, France.

The garden is an artifice and leaves many traces. The Earth is a garden. Farming, industry, the internet all leave their mark. Since the dawn of time, nature is altered. The gardener is the one with the restorative power. A gesture of kindness. This installation evokes the cycle of production as a parallel to the carbon cycle. The garden landscaped or the landscape gardened. Regenerating the forest and sowing where we have harvested brings nature back to life. Transmit the love of landscape to those who will outlive us.

Image Courtesy © Louise Tanguay

Image Courtesy © Louise Tanguay

A noble and familiar material, wood is our crib, our bed, our coffin. Cut a tree, remove it from the forest, in itself a vast garden, is the fruit of our labour. It is the result of the work of those who came before us, who planted a seed and provide us today with the wood that gives us rest. A sculpted tree trunk, partially cut into pieces helps to illustrate the primary material used to build furniture. A stump and its roots, a tree trunk cut into parts and modules made of timber, some lightly burned on the surface. A young tree grows where the tree might have grown tall had the tree not fallen.

Image Courtesy © Louise Tanguay

Image Courtesy © Louise Tanguay

Coache Lacaille Paysagistes was created in 2013 by Maxime Coache and Victor Lacaille. Luc Dallanora joined this duo in 2015. They are all graduates of the École nationale supérieure de la nature et du paysage de Blois in France. The primary interest of this trio of landscape architects is the landscape. If their knowledge requires creativity, they are also artists. Their role is somewhere between the gardener, the designer, the architect and the urban planner. Each new project is inspired by the context and by those for whom the project is intended to be used; it is also the pretext for new experiments.

Image Courtesy © Louise Tanguay

Image Courtesy © Louise Tanguay

A special mention was made by the jury to DRESS UP! by Ran Hwang, artist, Sangmok Kim, architect, Sungwoo Kim, architect, Shin Hee Park, fashion designers from Seoul, South Korea / Beijing, China / New York, USA. The garden will be presented at special events throughout the summer.

About the International Garden Festival

The International Garden Festival is the leading contemporary garden festival in North America. Since its inception in 2000, more than 150 gardens have been exhibited at Grand-Métis and as extra-mural projects in Canada and around the world.

Presented at Les Jardins de Métis, at the gateway to the Gaspé Peninsula, the Festival is held on a site adjacent to the historic gardens created by Elsie Reford, thereby establishing a bridge between history and modernity, and a dialogue between conservation, tradition and innovation. Each year the Festival exhibits conceptual gardens created by more than seventy architects, landscape architects and designers from various disciplines in a pristine environment on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.

The International Garden Festival is presented with the financial assistance of many public and private partners: Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Canada Summer Jobs, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Emploi-Québec. Hydro-Québec has been the lead sponsor of the Reford Gardens since 1999.

About the Reford Gardens / Jardins de Métis

A National Historic Site and Québec heritage site, the Reford Gardens / Jardins de Métis are an obligatory stop for all those visiting eastern Québec. Cultural space and tourist destination for over 50 years, the Reford Gardens is one of the most popular attractions in the Gaspésie region, providing visitors with experiences for every sense. Located on the banks of the St. Lawrence and Mitis rivers, they were created between 1926 and 1958 by avid gardener and plant collector, Elsie Reford.

The Gardens are open every day until October 2, 2016. Children 13 and under are admitted free of charge. Season’s Passes are available.

Hilgard Garden in Berkeley, California by Mary Barensfeld Architecture

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Article source: Mary Barensfeld Architecture

Hilgard Garden aims to provide the owners with an extended outdoor living space; a garden room.  Due to the steeply sloping site, accessibility to an upper seating area requires navigating a considerable elevation change.   To avoid taking up a large swathe of the smaller backyard square footage with a conventional stair, a ramping meandering path through aromatic groundcover and the outstretched limbs of sculptural Japanese maples was selected as a more experiential garden path.

Image Courtesy © Joe Fletcher

Image Courtesy © Joe Fletcher

  • Architects: Mary Barensfeld Architecture
  • Project: Hilgard Garden
  • Location: Berkeley, California, U.S.A
  • Photography: Joe Fletcher
  • Contractor:  5 Elements Design & Construction / Troy Martinez
  • Garden Maintenance:  Michelle Bayba
  • Tree Source:  Marca Dickie Nursery
  • Area: 23’ x 50’
  • Garden Completed: March 2012

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“El Coso” Garden and Business Incubator in Murcia, Spain by Cómo Crear Historias

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Article source: Cómo Crear Historias

Known as “El Coso”, the place was a great void at the back of the old part Cehegín (Murcia, Spain). After a big snow storm in the 1950s, many of the houses of this neighborhood collapsed or were damaged, leaving that big, sloped empty space. Besides this, the old part of Cehegín seemed to lack inhabitable gardens. The city needs to breathe through them.

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

  • Architects: Cómo Crear Historias (Mónica García Fernández and Javier Rubio Montero)
  • Project: “El Coso” Garden and Business Incubator
  • Location: Cehegín, Murcia, Spain
  • Photography: David Frutos
  • Quantity surveyor: Patricia León de la Cruz
  • Structural engineering: Dolores Romám
  • Mechanical engineering: AGM ingenieros, José Alberto García Fernández
  • Safety and health coordinator: Antonio Martínez Sánchez
  • Owner/ developer: Municipality of the city of Cehegín
  • Contractor: Jose Diaz Garcia S.A.
  • Budget (Materials and execution works): 3.111.262 €
  • Total area: 4.436 m2
  • Project start date: 2003
  • Construction period: 2011-2015

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TELUS Garden in Vancouver, Canada by Henriquez Partners Architects

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Article source: v2com

With entries from over 95 countries, Henriquez Partners were the only Vancouver-based firm to be recognized amongst the winners. TELUS Garden was recognized as both the Popular Choice Winner and the Jury’s Choice Winner in the Office – High Rise (16+ Floors) category.

Image Courtesy © Ed White

Image Courtesy © Ed White

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Lambeth Palace Road in London, England by Wildstone

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Article source: Wildstone

A new hybrid advertising space and community garden, designed by Wildstone for client Clear Channel’s premium Storm brand, has transformed a treacherous corner in London into a vibrant community space. The formerly derelict site in Lambeth Palace Conservation Area had remained undeveloped for over twenty years and was eventually hoarded up. Anti-social behaviour was a longstanding issue, prompting Community Safety officers to request that the landowners investigate additional security measures and productive temporary uses for the development site. Innovative structures and urban space designers, Wildstone, have created a scheme to change this crime ridden space by transforming it into a publically open,working community garden, whilstrein stating the site’s original function as an advertising space.

Image Courtesy © Stratton & Reekie

Image Courtesy © Wildstone

  • Architects: Wildstone
  • Project: Lambeth Palace Road
  • Location: London, England

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First Avenue Garden in Toronto, Canada by PLANT Architect Inc.

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Article source: PLANT Architect Inc.

This garden fronts a repurposed nineteenth-century industrial property that now houses three apartments. Unlike its neighbouring rowhouses, this building sits very close to the public sidewalk, had no rear yard, and, following an interior renovation, has giant windows facing the street.

Image Courtesy © Peter Legris Photography

Image Courtesy © Peter Legris Photography

  • Architects: PLANT Architect Inc.
  • Project: First Avenue Garden
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Photography: Peter Legris Photography
  • Software used: Vectorworks
  • Contractor: Zone 6
  • Team: Mary Tremain, Lisa Rapoport, Chris Pommer, Elise Shelley, Jeremy McGregor

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Nathan Phillips Square Peace Garden in Toronto, Canada by PLANT Architect Inc

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Article source: PLANT Architect Inc

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) has announced the National winners of its annual Awards of Excellence. The Peace Garden at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto is one of 11 projects to receive a CSLA National Award this year. The new, half-acre Peace Garden is part of the 13-acre Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization at Toronto City Hall, which was completed in 2015 by PLANT Architect Inc. | Perkins+Will Canada in Joint Venture, with HoerrSchaudt Landscape Architecture and Adrian Blackwell Urban Projects.

The garden at night, Image Courtesy © Steven Evans / © PLANT Architect Inc.

The garden at night, Image Courtesy © Steven Evans / © PLANT Architect Inc.

  • Architects: PLANT Architect Inc, Perkins+Will
  • Project: Nathan Phillips Square Peace Garden
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Photography: Steven Evans / © PLANT Architect Inc.

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Canopia in Bordeaux Saint Jean Belcier ZAC, France by SOU FUJIMOTO ARCHITECTS and LAISNÉ ROUSSEL

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

Article source: SOU FUJIMOTO ARCHITECTS and LAISNÉ ROUSSEL

This mixed-use development (residential properties, offices, panoramic bar, shops, shared spaces) is to be found at the intersection of Rue Cazeaux and Rue Beck in Bordeaux’s Gare Saint Jean neighbourhood. It includes 199 homes, 3,770 m² of office space and 500 m² of retail outlets.

Canopia, as the development is known, aims to become a focal point within the city. It is an urban landmark which, come nightfall, becomes a lighthouse or a star in the skyline of this regional city.

Residents and visitors to the city will enjoy a unique vantage point over the surrounding region.

Image Courtesy © SOU FUJIMOTO ARCHITECTS and LAISNÉ ROUSSEL

Image Courtesy © SOU FUJIMOTO ARCHITECTS and LAISNÉ ROUSSEL

  • Architects: SOU FUJIMOTO ARCHITECTS and LAISNÉ ROUSSEL
  • Project: Canopia
  • Location: plot 8.4, Bordeaux Saint Jean Belcier ZAC, France
  • Developper: Pitch Promotion
  • Area: 17,000 m²
  • Status: 2016 competition

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Garden Buildings in Warmington, England by Ashworth Parkes Architects Ltd

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Article source: Ashworth Parkes Architects Ltd

The project is a collection of new ‘agricultural’ style buildings at the threshold between the formal garden of the main house and meadow beyond in a small Northampton shire village.

Image Courtesy © Ashworth Parkes Architects Ltd

Image Courtesy © Ashworth Parkes Architects Ltd

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