03 Aug '11, 9am

A Visit to London's Piet Oudolf Garden : TreeHugger

A Visit to London's Piet Oudolf Garden : TreeHugger

Too often landscape designers are hired at the last minute, to make a building look good. Ivy covers a multitude of sins. But in this case, Peter Zumthor's pavilion was created for the garden , rather than vice versa. 'The building sets you up to regard the inner sanctum with a heightened reality,' noted one designer . The.shape of the building represents the 'Hortus Conclucus', translated as 'enclosed space'. The concept originated in medieval theology and gardens. The pairing of the architect and Dutch designer was key to the success of the project. It is a walled garden which the architect wanted to be a place of intimacy, a quiet spot away from the noise of the city. Oudolf is famous for his urban greening--creating urban places of refuge. Oudolf said : "I haven't met one architect who saw my work as four dimensional. With no exception, they all see it as what it is, n...

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