The Celtic garden was awarded in IFLA’s (International Federation of Landscape Architecture) international competition of landscape architecture and is going to be part of a 176 large park built on the occasion of the 2013 universal landscape art exhibition taking place in Jinzhou, China.
The project is inspired by the shape of the “castros”. It is revealed through the overlapping of different circular elements of different sizes and functions. At the centre of the garden area there is a circular water surface from where a glass cylinder, that will house an interpretation centre, emerges. Around the lake different situations are created according to the topographic intervention. On one side lawn volumes are created that structure the space creating different vistas, on the other hand circular surfaces embedded in the terrain function as intimate resting areas, secret zones or spaces to discover.
Also with the logic of circles, but smaller in size, several different plants are introduced to colour and texture the space, small lawn surfaces to be enjoyed and Celtic symbols engraved in polished concrete. All the plantations are disposed throughout the garden above a matrix of circles of different sizes that function as tree pits and planters. The disposition of the planting generates a path with a strong sense of direction inviting the users to wander through the garden.
Lake: The lake isn’t very deep for safety reasons and has a natural filtering system achieved through planting. The pavilion is accessible through stepping stones that cross the lake.
Mounds: The different volumes scattered around the garden are built on top of steel circles covered with grass and function both as seats and steps. This structures organize the space and generate various views over the garden.
Pavilion: A large glass cylinder sprouts from the lake with walls marked by Celtic calligraphy creating different levels of visibility according to their concentration. The pavilion works as viewpoint and an interpretation centre.
Garden functionality: The garden works at two levels. One as a place to enjoy with different spacial situations with the mounds creating exposed and private areas, the lake with it’s interesting shape and the plating composing different textures and colours. And two, as a means to encourage the visitors to learn about Celtic culture and it’s relation with nature by being exposed to it’s logic and symbols and being able to learn more at the interpretation centre.
Jardín Celta (Celtic garden) 2013 World Landscaep Art Exposition Jinzhou | laND30
Location: Jinzhou, China
Area: 3.200 m2
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