Returning to Quebec's historic Reford Gardens, the 21st International Garden Festival showcases over 25 gardens that fuse contemporary design, art, and nature. Every year, architects and designers across the globe are invited to submit their most innovative proposals for landscape art installations to be exhibited during the festival, whose 2020 theme is Métissages. The theme presents a lively mix of textures and colors inspired by marine life, the natural environment, and different cultures from around the world.
Out of 200 entries from 38 countries, five projects by architects and designers from South Korea, France, Montreal, and Toronto were selected. Their work will be on display from June 20 to October 4, 2020.
Get a first glimpse of the installations below!
“Augmented Grounds” by: Soomeen Hahm, Architect; Jaeheon Jung, Architect; and Yumi Lee, Landscape Architect | Seoul, (South Korea)
Project summary: “Augmented Grounds is inspired by the traditional sash of the Métis nation of the Western Plains. The garden represents harmony through colorful ropes that are tightly laid on top of sculpted terrain. The garden is made possible by using smart construction technology that uses augmented reality for its layout and installation.”
“Forêt corallienne” by Lucie Bulot, Architect; and Dylan Collins, Architect | Montreal, Canada
“Canada Forêt corallienne is a coral forest of a different kind. A community of limestone creatures takes root in the forest, a métissage of colour and form that creates an unusual landscape and a new hybrid world.”
“Corps de résonance” by Charlotte Barbeau, Designer; Leila Desrosiers, Designer; Félix Roy, Environmental Designer; and Jean-Benoit Trudelle, Architect | Montreal, Canada
“Corps de résonance is a musical folly that takes form in a forest glade. Visitors move in and around this giant instrument that comes to life in the playing, vibrating along with the sounds of the forest.”
“ENTWINE” by Waiyee Chou, Landscape Architect; and Carlos Portillo, Landscape Architect | Toronto and Montreal. Canada
“ENTWINE incorporates the ancient knot-tying technique of Macramé to highlight the varieties of plants hybridized for horticulture. Inside a spiral, visitors are free to wander between suspended vessels and become entwined with the structure’s cords.”
“(Mé)Tissages” by Duke Truong, Architect | Strasbourg (France)
“(Mé)Tissages is a woven landscape that invites visitors to enter through layers of elastic elements into a space created by the weaving of various elements. This experimental garden unites visitors through a shared experience of an installation that combines architecture and nature. (Mé)Tissages is also an invitation to question the links between communities. Visitors discover a multiplicity of landscapes that resonate as visitors explore and read between the lines.”
Two additional projects received a special mention from the jury:
“Entre vents et marées” by Emmanuelle Loslier, Landscape Architect and Camille Zaroubi, Landscape Architect | Montreal, Canada
“Zoétrope métis” by Sami Tannoury, Architect | Montreal (Quebec), Canada
You can check out the rest of the 2020 proposals here.
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