best private plots – International Design Competition

The award best private plots – Die besten Gärten 2012 recognizes exemplary design of sustainable private outdoor spaces, highlighting the garden as a place of innovation, as a space for creative expression and action, and as contemporary dialogue between architecture, ecology and landscape.

The competition is being held for the 5th time since 2006. The award criteria include: idea, conceptual and artistic quality, ecological quality, use of plants and materials, relationship between inside and outside, delimitation of space and organization of open space, technical planning and sustainability. Special attention will also be given to individual functionality and diversity of use. The outdoor space must be clearly identifiable as intended for private residence and use.

The subject of the competition is the design of sustainable gardens as private outdoor spaces blending architecture, ecology and landscape. Competition entries must be completed gardens that are clearly identifiable as intended for private residence and use.

The focus is on gardens as places of design, inspiration and creation, as habitats that tell stories. The competition seeks to make an important contribution to the scientific discourse on contemporary garden design. Gardens completed after January 1, 2002 can be entered in the competition. Projects that can be submitted include roof gardens and terraces, extended living spaces, courtyard gardens, gardens, community gardens, landscape gardens, water gardens and projects for the extension or redesign of existing gardens

The competition entries will be judged on criteria including artistic and conceptual qualities, ecological use of plants and materials, combination of indoor and outdoor spaces, delimitation of spaces and organization of outdoor spaces. Special attention will be paid to variety of uses and sustainability.
The award is presented both for new gardens and for garden interventions (extension or redesign of existing gardens).

Prize money totaling € 15,000 will be awarded for the top three projects.

First prize Euro 7,000
Second prize Euro 5,000
Third prize Euro 3,000

April 2, 2012 Kick-off of international call for entries for best private plots – Die besten Gärten 2012
May 3, 2012 Period for submitting questions to [email protected] ends
May 10, 2012 Responses to questions at
June 04, 2012 Deadline for submitting entries
July 10, 2012 Announcement of projects nominated at
September 28, 2012 Final judging of the projects submitted
September 28, 2012, 7.00 pm Meet & Greet at a wine tavern for all entrants attending
September 29, 2012, 7.00 pm Award ceremony and announcement of the winners, presentation of the catalog best private plots – Die besten Gärten 2012, and opening of the exhibition featuring the nominated projects

Stig L. Andersson (DK), SLA Urbanity I Strategy I Landscape
Franziska Bark Hagen (CH), cultural scientist
Teresa Moller (CL), Estudio del Paisaje Teresa Moller & Asociados
Vladimir Sitta (CZ/AU), Terragram
Tom Stuart-Smith (GB), Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd Landscape Design

Find out more at the competition website



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