Dossier_Hochstamm_Obstgarten_Oktober_2013  “Oh, my orchard! After the dark gloomy autumn, and the cold winter; you are young again, and full of happiness, the heavenly angels have never left you.”

–ANTON CHEKHOV, The Cherry Orchard-

For the landscape design, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes of OMNIBUS joined Sven Ricman and Martin  Jaschner  in an open competition for a senior -home extension in Wangen, CH.

The design proposal of the exterior is simple and ambitious at the same time, drawing from the existing vocabulary of the few but strong elements of the area: the meadow, paths, orchards (apple, plum, pear, cherry trees). Each element forms one layer of the composition, and the overlapping of layers creates different spaces. These are understood as extensions of the existing landscape, which bears a rural, traditional and familiar character, with neatly set orchards, farms and fences.

Planches de botanique de Duhamel Planches de botanique de Duhamel Dandelion_Blackwell_0136 Planches de botanique de Duhamel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meadow. The meadow is an essential element of  the surrounding, it embraces the new garden by extending the existing agricultural land in a self-evident manner.

Paths. The circulation system is offering two options : a short and pragmatic main access to all buildings and to the seniors home, and a secondary, more picturesque network of paths (in which an existing dementia garden is embedded). The short connections are free of obstacles with a hard surface and a pergola. The paths are inconspicuously nestled into the landscape.

Orchards. Apple, pear, cherries and plum trees are distributed uniformly on the site following the traditional grid and density. The tree orchard is understood as an extension of the landscape, a continuation of the existing. It can fullfill a social function, as residents  can participate in tending and harvesting the fruit trees.  The proposed planted tree species includes rare and endangered regional species.

140121_brunnenhof_sketch

Board

Board

EG

EG

Situation

Situation