“Architectural Grafts” is the garden as becoming; as a contradictory process where trees are pierced by an artificial element – a “prosthesis” – only to have that alien body and its act of aggression gradually incorporated into the wood by the passage of time.
Awarded third place in a competition for built landscape design in Austria (Private Plots 2008), the jury (weirdly) considered the project thusly: “Though an ethical understanding of plant treatment is irritating at first, the project communicates a new vocabulary for the investigation of gardens. The ideas are both innovative and controversial, and embody great poetry. A pink curtain instead of a hedge sets new accents; it plays on the contrast between natural and unnatural elements.”
Photos: Carlos Teixeira, Eduardo Eckenfels