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Les Jardins de Métis: Rotunda

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Location: Canada / Type: Forest / Gardens / Nature Paths / Water features / Built: 2014 /
Published on July 8, 2014

Location: Grand-Métis / Quebec / Canada
Design team: Citylaboratory: Aurora Armental Ruiz & Stefano Ciurlo Walker
Images: Carlos Comendador
Client: Reford Gardens – Les Jardins de Métis
Design period: 2013-2014
Completion date: 2014
1st Prize International Design Competition


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ROTUNDA is an elemental garden, based on an atmospheric and poetic perception of materials, light, plants and the passing of time. It is a reflection on the fundamental themes of the art of the garden.


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Conceived as a device capturing the beauty of nature, the intention is to transform the surrounding landscape into the garden itself by capturing what is outside its boundaries.

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The garden is to be filled with water at the beginning of its life and to be left to evolve over time, becoming a climate register device. It will be sensible to changing light conditions, fluctuations in temperature and humidity, rainfall and evaporation.

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Water is used as a raw material to create a reflecting surface. The container is simply a frame that suspends water above the ground; a homogenous black object, assembled in a direct way, minimizing the expression of assembly joints and the contact with the ground.

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The garden will over time accumulate leaves, dust and pollen, be inhabited by birds and insects, leading to the cultivation and growth of new life within the garden.

3 thoughts on "Jardins de Métis: Rotunda by Citylaboratory"

  1. BIngz says:


  2. Dinorah says:

    A very inspiring project based on simple guidelines that are the core of good designs. Love it.

  3. Lucilla says:

    Is it mechanically refilled or is the level of water onnly the result of the rains?

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