CONTEMPORARY GARDENS

aMAIZEing

DESIGNERS / MARTA MILÀ PASCUAL & MARC TORRELLAS ARNEDO

YEARS OF EXHIBITION / 2018  –  2021

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Project description

The visitor is invited to walk through the cornfield maze, along the path or between the plants, discovering the three playscapes. aMAIZEing is a garden that emphasizes three main aspects of playing: shapes, movement and change.

Shapes are simple. The rectangle plot confines a dense crop field defined by a perfect grid made of corn. The gaps in the vegetation form three circles inside the crop mass which also contain three playful circular objects providing spaces for different groups and ages. Movement is key when playing. Outdoor activities in natural settings invite discovery. When we are children, by playing we are able to learn the boundaries of our motor skills while having fun. And as adults we can return to our childhood for a while. Playing we activate our physical motion by sitting, walking, running, climbing, jumping, crawling, stretching or squatting, but also our social expression and our creativity, interacting, sharing, learning, imagining and inventing. Changes are necessary to be adaptive. Unlike inert elements, natural elements have the ability to change. During its period of growth, the garden changes height and colour, becoming a dynamic playspace which provides different perceptions of the same elements: a garden to be ‘amaized’!

DESIGNERS / MARTA MILÀ PASCUAL & MARC TORRELLAS ARNEDO

Barcelona, Spain Marta Milà Pascual and Marc Torrellas Arnedo are architects who graduated from the Superior Technical School of the University of Barcelona. Marta also holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the École nationale supérieure de paysage de Versailles. The essence of their work focuses on integrating every project into site by taking care of each layer to give each one of them the attention they deserve. Each designer has a different approach to the project process. Marta begins from the large-scale, thinking about the place, the history and the landscape while Marc starts from the small-scale, thinking about the detail, the construction and the architecture. Combining both approaches they succeed in defining unknown spaces as singular places.

photo: Martin Bond

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