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Les Cascadeurs (Cascade de Vaucoux, Besse, France)

A series of 24 steel triangles are created. They protrude from the waterfall, “redrawing” the flow of water, splitting and scattering it as it pours toward the ground. The water diverges from its natural path, providing a gleam of light and misting the skin of visitors.

The piece was installed for the annual Horizons Sancy art and nature festival in 2012.

byLaurent Gongora

tferebnu:

steampunktendencies:

The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken (DutchKoninklijke Serres van LakenFrenchSerres Royales de Laeken), are a vast complex of monumental heated greenhouses in the park of the Royal Palace of Laeken in the north of Brussels. It is one of the major tourist attractions of the city.

The complex was commissioned by King Leopold II and designed by Alphonse Balat. Built between 1874 and 1895, the complex was finished with the completion of the so-called “Iron Church”, a domed greenhouse that would originally serve as the royal chapel. The total floor surface of this immense complex is 2.5 hectares (270,000 square feet). 800,000 liters (over 200,000 US gallons) of fuel oil are needed each year to heat the buildings.

The complex can only be visited during a two-week period in April–May each year, when most flowers are in full bloom.

Credits : [Wikipedia] [Olivier Polet] [Luc Viatour]

Those tree ferns are doing serious things to me.

(via olitoa)

Piazza Rosa (Bergamo, Italy)

The temporary transformation of the Piazza Vecchia Renaissance square into a contemporary Piazza Rosa.

The Piazza Vecchia is a Renaissance square, that Le Corbusier called “the most beautiful square in Europe” .As key part of the international landscape symposium Arketipos held in Bergamo throughout September 2014 this historical square was transformed for two weeks into the meeting point for the event.

by Studio Fink in collaboration with Nusiner and Maurizio Quargnale

Lace Street art (Warsaw, Poland - and other cities around the world)

To beautify neglected places, as jewelry for public spaces. As the artist states “jewelry makes people look pretty, my public jewelry has the same goal, make public spaces look better.”

by NeSpoon

Tudela (Club Med) restauration (Cap de Creus Cape, Cadaqués, Catalunya, Spain)

Club Med has been ‘deconstructed’, its ecological dynamics revived and a network of paths and viewpoints as been ‘remade’ for its rediscovery, becoming Mediterranean coast biggest restoration project ever. The work distills and enhances the consubstantial values of the site, the diversity of geological formations, the harshness and nakedness of the rock outcrops, the specialization of native vegetation, the wind and the sea magnificence. Five actions are contemplated in the restoration project:

1. Removal of Invasive Exotic Flora

2. Selective deconstruction of 430 buildings,

3. Management & recycling of 100% of construction waste,

4. Ecosystem dynamics revival, remaking the site’s topography and drainage systems, to reestablish the original sediment flows and exchanges between land and sea.

5. Discovery & social valorization. Including 3 main interventions:
- Hierarchical path system
- Network of viewpoints to enhance best panoramas.
- Animal-rock identification. Traditionally fishermen’s and kids had identified rock formations with animal names for its orientation, Dalí did too. The project, proposing a game of perception constructs a sort of ‘lecterns’ outlining the ‘animal-rocks’ silhouette

The Ravelijn “Op den Zoom” Bridge (Bergen Op Zoom, The Netherlands)

In former days, the Ravelijn was supplied from the city with small rowing boats. The concept of the bridge is, to let the bridge follow the original track of these boats, so the bridge echoes the former route the boats followed from the city to the fortress. That is why the bridge snakes across the water to the fortress.

In winter the bridge can be pulled to the side, so there can be ice-skated around the fortress.

The deck of the bridge is convex to let the bridge blend in with the water and the surroundings. No mirror image in the water and as close to the water as possible. The stairs at the jetty near the fortress can move up and down (and stay horizontal) with the water level.

The bridge is made completely to the principles of the Cradle to Cradle philosophy. Air-filled polyethylene pipes positioned underneath the timber surface help keep the bridge afloat, without requiring any additional structural framework. The decking is made of Accoya, a high-performance wood product, which is treated to improve its ability to resist fungal decay, and the effect of swelling and shrinkage that could result from its proximity to water.

by RO&AD Architects

Minghu Wetland Park (Liupanshui City, China)

The project is situated along the Shuicheng River. The scope of the task includes ecological restoration of the river, the upgrading of urban open space system, as well as increasing the value of urban waterfront land. The landscape along the Shuicheng River is therefore recovered as an ecological infrastructure providing ecological services to the region. After nearly three years of project phase one design and construction, the once highly polluted and channelized waterway of Liupanshui City has been transformed back into the lifeline of the city through the use of vegetation and natural embankments.

by Turenscape

Rotunda in Jardin de Métis (Quebec, Canada)

The Rotunda is an elemental garden, based on an atmospheric and poetic perception of materials, light, plants and the passing of time. It is a reflection on the fundamental themes of the art of the garden.

Conceived as a device capturing the beauty of nature, the intention is to transform the surrounding landscape into the garden itself by capturing what is outside its boundaries.

The garden is to be filled with water at the beginning of its life and to be left to evolve over time, becoming a climate register device. It will be sensible to changing light conditions, fluctuations in temperature and humidity, rainfall and evaporation.

Water is used as a raw material to create a reflecting surface. The container is simply a frame that suspends water above the ground; a homogenous black object, assembled in a direct way, minimizing the expression of assembly joints and the contact with the ground.

by Citylaboratory

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peter zumthor

hortus conclusus

(via design-sanctuary)

The Kröller-Müller Museum (Hoge Veluwe, Netherlands)

The Kröller-Müller Museum is one of the most pronounced sculpture gardens in Europe. This is due not only to its collection, but also to its setting in a National Park. West 8 implanted the concept of a four-season sculpture garden and a large extension of the sculpture garden. The surrounding park was re-arranged into various specific environments that offer differentiated contexts in which the collection can be exhibited.

by West 8