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

International Garden Show, Hamburg

How many litres of water are needed to produce a litre of wine? Is it always good to have flowing water whenever we desire it? How many oceans of water must people drink dry for the whole world to become as mobile as we are today?

West 8 received a design commission for 3 of the 18 gardens associated with the World of Water theme. Titled; ‘Fill it Up! – A Virtual ‘Water Footprint”, ‘Water Trail – Household Water Consumption’ and ‘The Wishing Table – From Water to Food’ the gardens are designed to explore the Water theme by interpreting issues of water shortage and abundance in contemporary life. A form is given to interpret the amount of water consumption in industry, households, and farming. Located next to one another, the three gardens are designed as an intertwining space, using different materials and layouts to lead viewers on a journey and make visible some of the hard facts about water consumption.

Inspired by Jules Vernes’ novel “Around the World in Eighty Days,” the 2013 International Garden Show enticed visitors on a journey through time and the cultural, climatic and vegetation zones of the earth. Embedded in seven different themed worlds, namely ‘Ports’, ‘Water’, ‘Cultural Diversity’, ‘Continents’, ‘Activity’, ‘Religion’ and ‘Nature’, the show hosted more than 400 exhibitors from Germany and abroad. A 6km circular walking route led visitors through all seven worlds, and a 3.5km elevated railway track provided a sweeping vista of the gardens.

IGA Hamburg

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