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Textile fashion Center (Borås, Sweden)

In front of the entrance of the recently opened University of Textile & Fashion in Borås, there is a carpet of stone. The pattern of the carpet is inspired by a weaving method for complicated patterns; the so-called Jacquard technique. A series of box-shaped benches mark the central line of the carpet; for sitting or as podiums for display of students work. The carpet and its furniture underline the metaphor with the runways of the fashion industry.

In the agglomerated, dense campus area separate rooms in the outdoors can be distinguished. Except for the entrance room there is a shady, almost bewitching space where the river forms the floor and pathways around the edges are suspended in the building facades. Yet another space is located further into the area, where a new pedestrian bridge with see-through floor connects the two banks of the river. On the other side is a series of wooden decks, oriented towards the south, and shaped into spaces for sitting, resting, meeting, discussing.j

by Thorbjörn Andersson with Sweco Architects

Eusebiushof (Arnhem, The Netherlands)

In an abstract fashion the layout of the courtyards refers to scenic icons, which are partially taken from the surroundings of Arnhem and partially from other landscapes. Abstracted giant pebbles refer to a river beach, pines refer to the Veluwe, a green hillside refers to undulating landscapes, ferns to the forest, ladybirds to sunny fields, and a ‘white-picket- fence’ to horse ranches. The scenic references cause the visitors to conjure up thoughts about other places and offer an opportunity to distance oneself somewhat from the delusion of the day.

by Strootman Landscape Architects

Trinity College Quadrangle (Toronto, Canada)

The Quadrangle is a multi-purpose space that supports formal and informal events and gatherings – serving as the College’s outdoor living room. 

The renewal of the Quadrangle is in the form of a modern design that is developed out of deference to Trinity’s Anglican heritage and the traditions of medieval and Gothic courtyards. This design provides a formal spatial sense, while accommodating a broad range of social activities. 

by gh3

Nordic Dreams (Chaumont-sur-Loire, France)

A garden that reflects the kind of uncomplicated aesthetics you find both in the Nordic light and in Nordic design.

A rectangular room is created in a “forest” of Spruce treesYou enter the room from a hallway paved with black tiles through an opening in a rustic screen of stacked logs. The room is furnished with a grid of Willow trees in various sizes and surfaced with gravel.
As a backdrop, at the end of the garden, a glass screen is set up featuring an image of a Nordic sky. 

Contrasts such as the dark Spruce ‘forest’ versus the light Willow trees, dark tiles versus light gravel and the ‘heavy’ rustic log screen versus the light ‘sky’ glass screen are all contributing to the creation of a unique garden based on few simple elements but full of atmosphere.

by 1:1landskap

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Lightwave Bench by Kyle Schumann

Michelin @ Parco Dora (Turin, Italy)

The site of the former Michelin plant is developed into a spacious meadow park that is characterised by its landscape and topography. A newly constructed tidal
pool opens up the edge of the Dora; the excavation material is used in a sheltering earth sculpture towards the road and the buildings. A path along the river allows access to the water, steel bridges cross the pool and link up with a footbridge to Vitali on the opposite bank. Rows of different tree species are planted on the shallow slopes of the earth sculpture where they provide shadow. A “high route” follows the crest and offers views of Ingest and Vitali, as well as impressive vistas to the Superga pilgrimage church in the east and the Alps in the west. The widely visible landmark of the cooling towers in the south-west of the park will become a walk-in light and sound sculpture.

by Latz + Partners

Valdocco @ Parco Dora (Turin, Italy)

In Valdocco, the Fiat steel works extended over the entire site as well as across the river. A concrete slab covering three-quarters of this section of the park is all that remained. The solid slab will be removed above the Dora, but the river kept in its concrete bed. Water rises out of darkness into the light of day and flows through the pierced wall, like through a wild gorge. The opened up water course is flanked by walled-in promenades. On the terraces, which have been constructed with excavation material on both sides of the river, hundreds of trees are reminiscent of the grid of the former buildings. Their canopies provide shady spaces for diverse activities, and the tranquil setting creates the perfect backdrop for the “technical ravine” of the freed water course. Walkways erected on the old substructure connect the north of Valdocco with the south. The southern section of Valdocco was completed in 2011 and, in line with the Kyoto Protocol, implemented carbon neutrally (“impatto zero”).

by Latz + Partners

Vitali and Corso Mortara @ Parco Dora (Torin, Italy)

The huge structure of the hall at the former Vitali steel mill forms the fascinating and vibrant centre of the park. After the outer skin and large sections of the roof had been dismantled, the 30-metre high red steel columns now look like a “futuristic jungle”. Lush vegetation and public life have taken over this artificial environment, the vast concrete towers and foundations are being turned into fantastic playgrounds. The section of the hall that still has a roof has become a sheltered multi-functional event space. In the north, the grid of the columns extends towards a large meadow with the trunks of flowering trees. The space within the park is contained by the wall of the new road tunnel. A broad promenade with pergolas and tree canopies links across it to the adjacent residential area. 

by Latz + Partner

Ingest @ Parco Dora (Torino, Italy)

Just opposite the Olympic village and near the town centre of Torino formerly devastated spaces is transformed into a large city park. The area is characterised by industrial monuments worth to be preserved as well as by the river Dora, that in the scope of the project „Torino, Città d‘Acqua” should be rediscovered for the city. Main themes of the project are the connections to the bordering quarters and the development of the new banks along the re-opened waterway.

Ingest is the narrowest area of the park with the most design input. At the uppermost level carefully designed squares and promenades link into the adjacent builtup areas and form the entrance points in the west of the park. Ramps and steps along six-metre high walls lead to the southern part, which offers space for many different activities as well as contemplation. The impressive substructure of the former laminating works was transformed into water gardens and the gutted building into a “hortus conclusus”, which screens the park from the road. A line of imposing steel columns supports the elevated walkway that leads across Via Borgaro to Vitali in the centre of the park. The elevated viewpoint reveals the harmonious interplay of sacred and industrial architecture – the seven towers, the industrial chimney that was transformed into the campanile at the new Santo Volto church by Mario Botta and the tall steel columns at Vitali.

by Latz + Partner

Granary Square, King’s Cross

At the centre of the square are 4 impressive banks of fountains, which contain over 1080 individual jets, making it one of the largest water features in Europe. The location of the water feature reflects the historic canal basin; the alignment and scale of each of the 4 banks of jets was a direct response to the façade of the Cubitt Building. All or individual banks can be turned off so that the space can be utilised for other activities and events. The paving under each of the 4 banks has been very subtly dished so that they may each be flooded with a film of water to create reflective pools. The water feature also has a misting ability designed to float above the ground.

Originally the working yards were all surfaced with granite setts. Over time many of these were removed but those that remained have been lifted and cleaned and will be reused in a number of locations across the site.

by Townshend Landscape Architects, Stanton Williams Architects, Fountain Workshop, Spiers and Major.