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sub: og-page_tit: Gardens, Housing, and Living Spaces og-page_des: The desire for unspoiled nature can be addressed in a garden in a very small space. Particularly at a time when the destruction of the environment is progressing, gardens are becoming more and more important as a projection surface for longings. og-page_kwd: Landscape Architecture, Projects, Gardens, Housing, and Living Spaces og-page_url: [open] og-page_img: [open]

Gardens, Housing, and Living Spaces

Plants are central to our natural living environments. Just as buildings satisfy the need for protection, plants fulfill the desire for an unspoiled experience of nature.
Needs that can no longer be satisfied in urban space are projected onto nature. Plants, with whose help it is possible to create natural living spaces in an artificial way, are central to this yearning. Gardens have the potential to address these needs in a condensed form. In contrast to built space, plants supplements urban living spaces with their own autonomous natural qualities, which develop a direct effect in gardens. Our firm works with this contrast and develops valuable spaces for experience for people based on intentionally “green” garden concepts.

Asternplatz, Berlin

The two courtyards inside the blocks of flats and the front garden area of the residential complex on Asternplatz have been carefully redesigned in the course of the conversion of the rooftop and the renovation of the facade of the buildings erected at the end of the nineteenth century. The generous open spaces with the in part protected inventory of trees have been retained and upgraded by means of an accentuating restructuring of the space and the addition of high-quality equipment and play elements.
Mitten im belebten Berliner Stadtteil Prenzlauer Berg wurde eine Oase des gemeinschaftlichen Wohnens realisiert. Eine großzügige, intensiv bepflanzte Dachfläche nimmt diesen Gedanken auf und erkundet die landschaftsarchitektonischen Potenziale dieser Wohnform.
On the grounds of the former paper factory, wild bär heule architects created high-quality residences with a lake view. Extensive plantings of perennials and reeds provide privacy for the future residents in such a way that the view is nonetheless preserved.
A location-building exterior space is derived from the potential of the landscape around Zug. Simple types of open spaces form the structure around the residential buildings.
After four years of planning, the grounds of the two residential buildings by Gigon / Guyer Architekten and the artist duo Lutz Guggisberg have been completed. The main attraction is the courtyard with ten old pines in a modulated landscape. It is framed by hedges of trees with large oaks. The children living in the 138 apartments immediately discovered their park for playing!

Private Garden M., Herrliberg

Situated in the center is the pool with areas for sitting and grilling, water lily pool and lawn with a high-crowned tulip tree to the sides. The garden is surrounded with grasses and perennials. Three yew cubes bring calm into the tumult of colors.
In densely built-up Schöneberg, a Shell gas station from the early 1950s becomes a private haven. Bamboos surround the garden, pines and ornamental cherry trees protect it from above, flowering perennials and a long pool of water create accents in every season of the year.
Behind Wettingen Abbey, between walls old and new, below the autobahn, which is drowned out by the rustling of leaves and the twittering of birds, a calm, contemplative world opens up at the waters of the Limmat River.
The old garden, which had run wild for many years, was restored in 2011–12. The preservation-worthy structure with its six terrace walls was sensitively rehabilitated, while masonry copings, steps, and paths had to be completely renewed. The two old plane trees continue to characterize the appearance, but the other planting was renewed overall. Vegetables, berries, and flowers are planted and tended each year by school classes and the Bern state nursery. The garden is not open to the public but is easily visible from the Münster Terrace.

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