The Netherlands

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v.

Nico Koomanskade 1021
3072 LM Rotterdam
The Netherlands

+31 (0) 10 485 5801


West 8 Brussels urban design & landscape architecture bvba

Waaienberg 123
1745 Opwijk

+31 (0) 10 485 5801

United States

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture p.c.

2133 Arch Street, Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States of America

+1 347 371 2252

Garden of Time

Exhibiting at the Beijing International Horticultural Exposition 2019, West 8’s Master Garden, ‘Garden of Time,’ is a symbolic journey of life: disconnected from the surroundings, visitors will be led by a narrow elongated path walled by red bricks, which connects a sequence of three garden areas, to engage in an environmental immersion.

Starting with ‘Garden Of High Clouds’, where an array of shade is created by high pine trees; shade-tolerant groundcover plants create a thick, lush green carpet, and ferns and mosses dominate the palette. The ‘Garden of Short Youth’ is bursting with mixed uses of white and pink flowers across all seasons that provide a vibrant sensory experience. Here, the focal point is a dripping pond built with volcanic rockeries in cubic shapes. Further along, visitors enter the ‘Garden of Repose’ expanding on the idea that a wall, tree and seat can create a quiet and intimate place of harmony, celebrating the beauty and simplicity of the ending path.

Each of these three garden areas has its own unique atmosphere created by different usage of materials, vegetation, shadows and colours, united by enclosed walls made of fired clay bricks – a material commonly used in Northern China for more than 5.000 years. Each of these garden areas provides visitors with a different perspective. The symbolic journey of life concludes with a moment of reflection.

Beijing Forestry University, Landscape Architecture Jounal China (北京林业大学、《风景园林》杂志社)

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