the secret garden is an installation conceptualized at the orto botanico di padova in padua, italy by two internationally acclaimed companies: barovier & toso (murano glass crafter) & citco (marble & granite retailer). from an architectural & design point of view, the secret garden is a fresh project that brings out the best in designer’s names who have accomplished the objective of an ‘interactive’ garden. this jolly secret garden (a common secret in milan’s design week) acts as a literal break in the sequences of design showcases & unveils the art of nature exploration.
the installation is interpreted by paola navone for barovier & toso, & zaha hadid for citco. both approached orto botanico in the role of avid gardeners whereby they breathed new life into it. as a result, two different projects blended effortlessly into one setting as architect & designer experiment w/each of the brand’s techniques for creating a forward-thinking installation.
in paola navone’s project, hidden from the leafy surroundings, giant aeries in various forms & shapes comprised of over 10,000 leftover hazelnut branches from the springtime pruning, lay on the ground & float in the air. the accompanying chandeliers made of traditional murano blown glass welcome visitors by almost murmuring to them. marino, the iconic table lamp designed by navone sometime in the past, makes a guest star appearance in the enchanting environment.
zaha hadid on the other hand, constructs a pavilion by binding three vertical surfaces in marble by citco, which she claims pays homage to “the complex beauty found in the organizational patterns of the natural world” & “the peerless logic & harmony of nature.” treating natural systems & materials as a base of architectural experimentation is nothing new for hadid; a feat that has come to fruition many times in the past. to keep pace w/today’s world, her architectural company continually reinvents itself, investigating new materials & re-discovering new environments to make together fully articulated spaces.
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