Development of open spaces and partial realization of the project
Art and landscape complement each other to create a small Arcadia in the middle of oil tanks and refineries—new spaces that build up on the remains of historic buildings bearing visible traces of the past.
After the first realization phase, wide green gravel lawns and the groves set up the space located in a new area above the maze of tubes and pipes of a highly sophisticated research site. Sealed foundation walls embrace shallow water terraces and deep basins where once was the former cable basement. Trees and aquatics grow in a mixture of recycled bricks and concrete from the demolished buildings.
In the future, the water coming down from the roofs of the buildings will gather in open gutters and flow across the accessible gravel meadows into the ponds. The water is clear and the castle of dragonflies is alive.
Design proposal : 1997
First realization phase : 1998 – 1999
In collaboration with : Ian Hamilton Finlay
Client: Shell Research Ltd.
Area: 4 hectares