Gardencollective is an urban garden designed and realized by Estar for the 2014 edition of Lausanne Jardins in Switzerland.
The garden conceived as a complex whole made of many individual components consisting in a plant, its substrate and a textile container holding them together that is also the means to carry it, establishing a very direct relationship between plant, container, transportation and the spatial configuration of the garden.
The containers are realized in recycled non woven polypropylene felt and are made of two parts: a circular disk for the base and a fan-shaped piece for the sides, sewed together with nylon thread to form a truncated conical-cylinder wider at the base.
The containers are organized in groups, eight large masses of irregular circular shape, defining circulation paths, spaces for social gathering and revealing the patterns of day-to-day use of the site.
The result is a succession of spaces where plants are the protagonists, where visitors move between them, with the garden setting to create a new perspective of how this part of the city is perceived, enhancing the sensation of immersion in nature, also offering a unique view of the Alps in the distance.
Following a study of the colour of the various built elements that define the space of the intervention, we have given particular importance to foliage textures and colours. The planting is based on repeated single-species blocks.
The collective nature of the project also aimed to involve local residents in the process of realisation. Pupils from the nearby schools have participated in the planting and the realization of the garden, together with EVAM, the institution for the reception of immigrants in the canton of Vaud.
International Design Competition: First prize
Project title: Gardencollective
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Client: Lausanne Jardins, L’association Jardin Urbain
Architect: Estar, Aurora Armental Ruiz & Stefano Ciurlo Walker
Container manufacturing: Jevaso, Spain
Garden construction: EVAM
Design and construction: 2014