Garden of the Mind at IGA Berlin 2017 by P Landscape

At the end of 2014, Wannaporn Pui Phornprapa, managing director of P landscape co.,ltd was chosen to be one of eight international landscape architects in the world to design a “Thai” contemporary garden “cabinet”, as part of a permanent exhibition at the ‘Garten de Welt’ in Berlin, Germany. The ‘Garten de Welt’ was part of the IGA Berlin 2017 Project by Grün Berlin and was officially opened in April, 2017.

The garden design took inspiration from the iconic southern islands of Thailand and the heritage Thai miniature garden typology or ‘Kho Mo’. The Garden of the Mind is an expression of the Thai surreal landscape – expanding imagination and fantasy.

The design is intended to make a play on perspective exaggerated by the sense of infinity through the use of mirrored surfaces. The gold mosaic and granite stone is the key material to reflect the decorative heritage of Thai art and culture and the golden layers of the miniature islands are an abstracted form of the Phang nga islands in the south of Thailand.

The P landscape team started the design process at the end of 2014, working through many forms of media from computer drawing into actual scale physical models. The construction drawings were then prepared in collaboration with the German Landscape Architecture team (K1 Landschaftsarchitekten) who helped transforming the idea into reality.

About the “Internationale Gartenausstellung” (IGA) International horticultural exhibition
Every ten years an international horticultural exhibition is held in Belin, Germany. The IGA institute showcases the latest garden designs from leading landscape architects and designers. The IGA events have established themselves as generators of ideas for urban, ecological, cultural and infrastructural development. Around 2 million people are expected to visit the Garden exhibition in IGA berlin 2017 before end of garden season in October.

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Garden of the Mind

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