Edge Effect | Quebec, Canada | SNØHETTA

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Within the narrow threshold between boreal forest and field exists an environmental condition that enables a particular set of species to colonize, thriving on the effect of two contrasting environments side by side. Edge Effect places a circle of steel between forest and field to create a series of variable experiences related to being on the edge.

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Our garden is designed to heighten the notion that simultaneous access to more than one habitat creates richness. Passing through this garden, one will experience several conditions: the transition of the ground between forest floor and un-mown field, the physical threshold between horizontal and vertical ecotones, and the moment where the edge becomes the center.

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Two environments are stitched together by two simple systems – a curved steel channel structure and a network of nylon ropes. Designed to accommodate plants, animals and humans, the steel structure is  self-supporting and a blanket of woven rope flares out from the structure. The ropes are stretched with varying tautness, transitioning from a horizontal plane (hammock) in the field to a vertical one (climbing net) in the forest.

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Edge Effect | Quebec, Canada | SNØHETTA

International Garden Festival
Jardins de Métis, Quebec, Canada
Completed 2014

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