Mexico

    • Estudio Ome again receives recognition with a lush garden, and the jury was impressed by Ome's ability to blur the margins between the 'wild' and the 'tamed'. The garden establishes a firm and fitting relation between the geometry of the architecture, new features and the forest. The designers added the notion of 'ruin', where the intention was to render some new structures rapidly overgrown by the lush vegetation as if they were historic remains being rediscovered. This is achieved carefully through vegetation letting it kick in and, formally, by just the right amount of suggestion that doesn't feel overdone at all. Or, in the words of the designers, they questioned 'how the landscape project could possibly disappear with time or reappear when used'. Such a design statement reflects a mature attitude where playfulness also embeds a much larger question of the temporality of the garden.
      From the jury statement: "With its lush vegetation, Forest Garden approaches the site as hybridization between the ecosystem of plants, animals and humans. It is a delicate way of setting up clearings in the forest to take advantage of resources (productive gardens, natural pools, tree regeneration) without disturbing it. Studio Ome effectively used all topographical facts, existing plants, sunlight, and other natural forces to empower a variety of programmes, needs, and, above all, experiential richness. They obviously appreciate randomness and a more relaxed approach to planting. The decision to leave the paths in the garden as informal compacted earth paths, shows a humble approach to landscaping work, which the members of the jury felt demonstrated a truly sensitive understanding of providing ‘just enough’ to meet the brief. In essence, the project emphasizes how we can leave space for nature, which is an important message going forward. Forest Garden offers a wonderfully dense atmosphere and infinite possibilities for exploration and observation."

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