Floating garden: project for New York

With the “Swale” green project, New York will be richer by one more attraction as of June: the unusual greenhouse is planned as a floating island on the East River.

As a community project, “Swale” is supported by, among other institutions, the administration of New York parks and the US Coast Guard. The floating garden island offers the residents of the city a variety of attractions: besides walking paths through the greenery, an event area and a garden for self-subsistence with fruit and vegetables are planned. In the “Floating Food Forest”, raspberries and blueberries will be cultivated for direct consumption, as well as cabbage, turnips and other vegetables for harvesting and taking away.

The goal of the project is to strengthen the consciousness of New Yorkers with regard to the themes of environment, recycling and sustainability. The river water is purified for the irrigation of the plants on the island. In this way the greenhouse should also contribute to the preservation of the ecosystem. “Swale” will float on the East River throughout June. Four fixed stations of one week each are planned. The artificial island will be borne by an approximately 400 square metre floating platform of recycled ship containers. Following the start in June, the drifting garden will dock at one of the New York shores.

Further information: swaleny.org

Urban landscape: green project for Paris

The project “Réinventer Paris” is seeking new ideas for urban planning. The contribution of Jacques Ferrier Architecture and Chartier Dalix Architectes would like to significantly increase green space in the French capital.

“Reinventing Paris” is a project initiated by the city that hopes to give innovative ideas for the development of the metropolis a push. Architects and urban planners are invited to concern themselves with various locations in the capital, including the central ring road Boulevard Périphérique. For the connection from Paris to Neuilly, the partners Jacques Ferrier Architecture and Chartier Dalix Architectes are planning an unusually green project: a network of gardens and green areas should provide the framework for greened residential and office buildings and create space for public life.

The roofs of the expandable buildings should also be connected with one another and have lush roof gardens – a tea plantation is planned, among other things. Pavilions offer residents the possibility to work or relax, even at airy heights. In the interplay of urban landscape and greened development, the project should primarily show how greenery can be integrated even more intensively into the city and the life of Parisians. A school for urban horticulture planned for the area underlines this approach.

Further information: jacques-ferrier.com and chartier-dalix.com

Urban Garden: Residential Block in Aarhus

In the second largest city of Denmark, Schmidt Hammer Lassen plan to turn the city into an oasis of nature: The urban residential block is called “Valdemars Have” and will lie within a public garden in the center of Aarhus.

“Valdemars Have” is an urban residential block nestled amongst the cultural and green heart of Aarhus. It’s a vision for how to create good living conditions for people who want to be part of the city and want the city to be part of their lives. Resting on a sloping terrain in a tranquil location within walking distance of Aarhus’ major cultural attractions, the architects want the project to become a prime location in the city. The idea is to create an oasis of calm within the bustling city.

The project is a modern version of the old red brick townhouses and comprises of 106 apartments of varying size, from 2-bedroom flats to large penthouses with private roof terraces. It adapts to the city’s character and soul exploiting the site’s exceptional values and creating a unique public urban garden. The publicly accessible outdoor areas will maintain a garden-like character with a variety of plants and flowers, which helps to achieve biodiversity and a microclimate ensuring residents have an experience of nature within the city as well as peaceful common outdoor areas. The green façade gives the project a unique look and enhances the experience of a building “planted” within a garden, where the landscape and the green elements give character and identity to the building.