Swiss architectural studio Edelaar Mosayebi Inderbitzin (EMI) Architekten has transformed Architektur Galerie in Berlin into a garden featuring plants (trees, shrubs and flowers), a little pond, furnishings (benches)and multimedia elements which deceive visitors’ senses with birdsong, the sound of the wind and typical outdoor odours (damp earth, moss, wood) for offering intense, unforgettable experience. An indoor garden, exploring the boundaries between illusion and reality to investigate the limitations and possibilities for creation of an “artificial” space that appears truly “natural”.
EMI (Ron Edelaar, Elli Mosayebi and Christian Inderbitzin) has worked with the theory and design of gardens ever since its foundation in 2005, beginning with the study of mannerist gardens such as Parco dei Mostri in Bomarzo (Viterbo - Italy) and going on to look at English gardens and landscape painting. Architecture and gardens are interdependent and inseparable in the studio’s designs, one representing permanence and the other transience. Their work expresses a fascinating concept of the garden as an architectural material, as living, constantly changing matter (which germinates, grows, flowers, and dies), in which the changing seasons become a key element of design. The relationship is two-way, because architecture also takes over the elements and colours of the garden, as in the Steinwiesstrasse residential project in Zurich, where the outer walls of the houses are covered with ceramic tiles whose composition and colours recall the leaves in the garden.
Title: Edelaar Mosayebi Inderbitzin Garten
Dates: November 4 – December 17 2016
Location: Architektur Galerie Berlin
Images courtesy of Architektur Galerie Berlin