Plastische und Räumliche Darstellung für Architekten



Seminar: Paradiesgarten

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At the World Exposition commemorating the 500th anniversary of the reformation, each of seven art and architectural installations – the “Gates of Freedom” – present the reformation in a different light. The “Paradise Garden” from the students of the UdK displays it as an ideal and desirable place, close to humanity yet still difficult to attain.


The path under the hanging Paradise Garden leads through a labyrinth-like arrangement of compost silos that obscure the entrance and one’s view. The inaccessible garden is supplied with heat from the compost city creating a habitat for plants, which under normal conditions would not flourish. Against all laws and everything we’ve “learned”, the flower bed stands for a treasure worthy of protection, a culture with its own tropical climate in the middle of the park landscape. The garden contrasts with the surroundings not only through its exoticness and colors –– from time to time a fine mist is also sprayed through nozzles covering the flower bed in a cool wetness. The Paradise Garden is not accessible, but visually so close to the higher path that the plants and fruits appear palpably near, thus creating the poetic image of a beatific, unattainable place.


The installation formulates an artistically translated concept of culture as a process of becoming and decay to which humankind is subservient yet still able to influence through design.