Arbores Laetae

Hendrik-Jan Grievink
June 22nd 2011

Parks becomes fairground attractions? Maybe they have been all the time. This intriguing park design by architecture-firm-beyond-praise Diller Scofidio + Renfro seems (who we all know from their great Blur Pavillion) to make a point, but what exactly? The designers themselves describe their project as following:

‘Dismissing conventional distinctions tins “nature” and “artifice,” a brownfield site along a key route into the city center is the host of a new public park. A small grove of hornbeam trees, some electrically-assisted, upsets the perception of a stable ground. Three central trees are planted eccentrically and at a 10-degree bias in deep planter box turntables. The three turntables are synchronized to rotate slowly at slightly different speeds. Changing orbits cause the trees to occasionally brush against one another or open up a wide void in the grove while the texture of dappled light and shade is in constant play. The experience is disorienting. From a vantage point on a spinning platform, the context appears to shift. From terra firma, the trees uncannily animate around and past you.’

Principle-in-Charge: Elizabeth Diller
Project Leader: David Allin
Via: Heerko van der Kooij

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Posted 23/06/2011 – 19:52

THIS PROJECT SEEMS TO BE A DIRECT RIP-OFF OF ACCONCI STUDIO's: COURTYARD IN THE WIND...
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