Zen Architects and Phillip Johnson Landscapes collaborated on this landscape installation for the 2011 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show at the Exhibition Gardens. The brief was to design a small pavilion that would be a place of calm reflection in one of Phillip’s lush gardens. The site allocated for the pavilion was tiny, so the creative use of angled walls and roof create a forced perspective making the shelter feel bigger and inviting the natural landscape into it.
Mirrors and walls of plants provide an illusion of depth in the shallow shelter. Reclaimed materials including timber sleepers, car tyres and cut concrete slabs for stepping stones embed the spirit of recycling into the installation providing a physical and philosophical juxtaposition to the shiny new adjacent pavilions in the show. Phillip Johnson’s team integrated the pavilion into a beautiful landscape including a pool and roof garden creating a lush oasis.
The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2011
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