Villa garden on the hillside . Berlin Kladow . Completion 2018
Planting concept
Csenge Horvàth
Nomination for the German Landscape Architecture Prize 2019
The existing garden on the slope of the river Havel in Berlin, which has grown over decades, appears as a lively patchwork that needs to be further developed. An artificial design language is implemented down to the last detail with different, warm materials. The natural change of the materials and the slowly developing patina are welcomed and scheduled. The special atmosphere of the place arises from the contrast between landscape, nature, and modern artificiality.

The new construction of the pavilion blends in with the garden. The existing slope is intercepted by two slightly sloping in-situ concrete walls. In the opening figure of the walls, a small stone patio emerges as a transition to the main house.  It becomes a lounge area in the light shade.

Existing materials from different eras, such as old sandstone slabs and small porphyry stones, are taken up and reused. Fruit trees are transplanted and integrated into the new design. By adding new, artificial materials with lively structures and surfaces, the garden is continued in its diversity.

The natural change and the resulting patina are considered by the selection of materials and structures. Plants like wild wine on the walls and several types of bamboo support the transformation.