Gardens of the World: English Garden, Berlin
Plincke were shortlisted to enter a competition to design an English garden for the Gardens of the World site in Berlin. This posed questions of representation and interpretation along with issues of selection and authenticity. English Garden design has eclectic sources derived over a considerable time span. Which period, style or influence would best represent the culture expression? How will we best increase intellectual access for the visitor without resorting to pastiche? The starting point has been to select distinct historical sources that can work in unison to provide an integrated design across all parts of the site and illustrate the diversity within the culture of English Gardening. Our intention is to provide an elemental, paired-down expression of these ideas. Working within a contemporary idiom, the essence of representing a historical culture may reveal itself more readily through a frame of current sensibilities. We consider this competitive exercise to be an interpretive visual essay rather than a theme event. The work should speak about the manifestation of ideas and philosophies that have shaped our collective cultures through the expression and cultivation of landscape.
Our proposals include a café building incorporated into the kitchen garden wall. The architecture references English agricultural and vernacular buildings, we derive a contemporary roof form that provides an architectural solution at once engaging and representative of building materials and techniques used in the English countryside.