Typology: Reception centre
Location: Zug (CH)
Client: Canton of Zug
The idea of the project is to bring the modularity that articulates the building in the external space. This modularity, very firm close to the building, tends to disappear gradually going away from it and moving close to the borders. Following this idea, the external space is well-defined by 3×3 meters modules – dimension of the inner module – that assembled or fragmented produce a variety of spaces. Their union creates vegetable gardens, fields, playgrounds, sport areas; their fragmentation produces small plots that host fruit trees and berries bushes, connected to the vegetable gardens. These ones are based on the permaculture concept, which establishes that what is placed close to the abode is more used by man and needs more attention so it is supervised; and things that are not so used by man and that don’t need so much care are located farther, so they are not monitored. So, following this concept, close to the building we will find the vegetables that need more cares and irrigations, then the fruit trees that need less attention and finally the berries bushes that don’t need particular cares.
As well as in the vegetable gardens in which, following the permaculture concept, we move from a controlled space to a not controlled one, in the entire landscape project the idea is to compare the man-made world (controlled) with the wild one of the nature (not controlled) and to show how they can communicate perfectly. On the one hand the rigid space fragments in small modules that become smaller and smaller joining the border (the wild landscape) so the artefact bends in front of nature; on the other hand, the wild space, reaching the building, lets the human control itself.
The message that I would send with this interpenetration between nature and human being is that landscape design should respect nature totally, taking care of the given spaces, because she (nature) lets us shape her surfaces.