Creating harmony, simplicity and peace in the landscape......

"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.

Gardening is an instrument of grace. "

May Sarton

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Peter Zumthor and Piet Oudolf - Serpentine Pavilion 2011

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011 by famed Swiss architect Peter Zumthor.

photo by Hufton and Crow

The 2011 Pavilion is the 11th commission by the Serpentine Gallery. Every year a well known architect is asked to design this seasonal pavilion. Zumthor's structure is his first building in the UK. It includes a specially created garden by the influential Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf.

photo by Hufton and Crow

The concept for Zumthor's Pavilion is the hortus conclusus, a Latin term for 'enclosed garden'. It is a contemplative room, a garden within a structure.

One enters the building and begins the transition into the central garden, a place buffered from worldly noise and traffic. It is an interior space designed for sitting, walking and enjoying the garden.

photo by Cybermyth13

I find Zumthor's statements in this Video instructive. He says as he gets older he is more tuned into the the garden. Sometimes it takes architects years before they realize the building and the surroundings are one and the same.

Hit this link below to see a minute long Video interview with Zumthor:

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011 by Peter Zumthor from Serpentine Gallery on Vimeo.