Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Dead Garden II in Quèbec, Canada by VAZIO S/A
September 14th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: VAZIO S/A
Trees die whereas new trees are born. Growth and becoming are tools of the landscape architect, but rarely the cycle of life and death is explored in garden design.
Departing from an inexorable phenomenon – every life is a foretold failure –, Dead Garden II proposes a garden made of branches and employs dead organic matter as something that can trigger another life.
Besides employing lifeless elements, the garden also plays with the corridor, a useless and always avoided space in architectural plans: it is a series of parallel corridors activated by means of an inanimate natural element, and where the Festival visitors are encouraged to circulate and stay.
The cedar branches were found nearby the garden area, many of them with traces of moss and peeling barks that will support another garden: as Dead Garden II is a wooden structure wraped with the same mesh used in nurseries, its ambience and shade will be suitable for the growth of additional moss along the year.
In its 14th edition, this year the Metis Garden Festival is presenting seven new gardens chosen out of an international competition disputed by 290 architects from 23 countries. Besides Vazio S/A, the other new gardens were designed by Snohetta (Oslo-New York, who designed the Ground Zero Memorial in NY) and With expected 200.000 visitors, the exhibition will be on show up to.
Carlos M Teixeira has a Master’s Degree at the Architectural Association and founded Vazio S/A in 2002. The studio searches an active position in which the city and its problems are seen as triggers of new projects, and associates commissions of commercial nature with the production of cultural events, publications of books and essays, and researches that discuss new fronts in architecture and landscape design. Carlos published the books “History of the Void in BH” (Cosac Naify), “Entre: Architecture from the Performing Arts” (Artifice Books), and “Collateral Spaces” (ICC). He has shown his work at São Paulo Architecture Biennale; Pavillion de l’Arsenal, Paris; Venice Architecture Biennale; the RIBA, London; The Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Sao Paulo International Art Biennale; and other venues.
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