The semi-desert climate of the former industrial railway yard is transformed into a Mediterranean climate by accelerating what nature would have done over time. Planted with more than eighty thousand trees, shrubs and plants the park is made with the species of the three surrounding biotopes and connects all the buildings of the new art centre of the Luma Foundation.
Year: 2009 – 2021
Client: SCI AAI, AREA
Architect: Gehry Partners LLP, Selldorf Architects
Photographs (1, 5, 7, 10): Rémi Bénali
Photographs (12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19): Iwan Baan
The former high seawall blocked both the view and the access towards the Mediterranean Sea in this beach town of Southern Albania. Its replacement with a number of sloped terraces reconnects the town with the sea. The pine trees provide shade and create a new horizon in front of the buildings.
Year: 2015 – 2017
Client: Atelier Albania
London, United Kingdom
This former stone courtyard has been transformed into a lush garden. Studies revealed a microclimate similar to the understory of a sub-tropical forest, ideal for the development of tree ferns. A Franz West sculpture and a mist system complete the transformation.
Year: 2010 – 2011
Photographs: François Halard
The public space around a new skyscraper in the Paris La Défense business district is suspended above an urban boulevard. Alder trees are densely planted to create an urban forest. Their roots grow freely beneath a continuous granite hardscape that gives a robust identity to this plaza surrounded by glass towers.
Year: 2011 – 2020
Architect: Cro&Co Architecture
Photographs (1, 3, 12, 15): Michiel De Cleene
Design of the film set of Philippe Parreno’s “Continuously Habitable Zones”. The film depicts the landscape of an imaginary dwarf planet lit by two suns. NASA imagines the vegetation to be black because of the wider range of frequencies. The black landscapes survive the set as they are slowly reconquered by nature.
Commissioned by: Daimler Art Collection & Fondation Beyeler
Director: Philippe Parreno
Cinematography: Darius Khondji
London, United Kingdom
The hanging gardens are one of the main features of this boutique hotel in the centre of London. More than five hundred climbers grow in the channel beams of the suspended walkways. The plants bring a unique atmosphere in the courtyard while providing privacy towards the hotel rooms.
Client: Newman Assets
Architect: Manolo & White
Photographs: Adrien Fouéré, David Grandorge
Seventeen public plazas mark a pathway that connects as many historic buildings enlisted on the UNESCO heritage list. The plazas replace disappeared buildings and introduce a new typology a shaded public space into the dense maze in the historic city.
Client: Ministry of Culture
Architect: Office KGDVS
Five continuous bands in natural stone reveal the beautifully curved façades of this plaza. The daily market and the outdoor terraces are organised in the resulting strip made with reused blue stone pavers from the former sidewalks. A collection of trees brings colour, shade and fragrance to the plaza.
Client: Municipality of Saint-Gilles
Thirty-two trees have been planted around a stone circle in a natural clearing of the Sonian forest to commemorate the victims of the terror attacks in Brussels of 2016. The trees and stones of the memorial isolate a circular area in the forest as a place for contemplation.
Year: 2016 – 2017
Client: Brussels Capital Region
Photographs: Michiel De Cleene
Landscape design of public spaces around the Part-Dieu railway station in Lyon.
Year: 2015 – 2021
Client: Lyon Part-Dieu
Photograph: Thierry Fournier, Laurence Danière