In opposition to the evergreen artificially-irrigated of the nearby suburban gardens, we propose a seasonal garden sown with indigenous herbs and plants which manifests the seasonal and meteorological changes. Paying tribute to Gilles Clement’s jardin en mouvement, the garden grows spontaneously —without human intrusions— germinating in Autumn, blossoming in Spring and drying up in Summer, to restart the cycle again in Autumn. Emergent growth promotes new associations between the plant and insect communities.
A non-seasonal artificial garden contrasts with this unfolding ever-changing landscape. Located on three circular mounds, it displays a newly planted lawn, watered all year round and mowed on a weekly basis, creating once again an energy intensive unchanging suburban landscape.
The children's process of learning will be linked to the seasonal events occurring in these two gardens.
Prizes: Short-listed NAN Prizes 2008, Best Energetic Integration.
Short-listed: X Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo.
Credits.Years 2005-09. Location: Majadahonda (Madrid); Client: ARPEGIO, Comunidad de Madrid; Built Area: 2.500m2; Garden Area: 2.500m2;Budget:7.950.000.-€; Architects: TAAs + Javier García-Germán; Collaborators: Alia García-Germán, Ismael Aboli, Sebastian Grogaard, Héctor Jiménez, María Milans del Bosch, Alberto Pérez, Juan Riveiro, Zhou Zewo. Engineering Consultants: Úrculo Ingenieros SL, Controlex Ingeniería SL. Quantity Surveyors: Miguel Ángel Martín Melgar.