A CHAQUE CHÂTEAU SON JARDIN
Realised in 2009
Located in Lausanne, Switzerland
Commissioned by Association Jardin Urbain
Technical advice by Francien van Kempen
Awarded the First Prize
Based on a medieval ornament form the castle’s interior a contemporary flower container pattern planted with geranium temporarily replaced the parked cars on the castle square in Lausanne. Through this installation the square regained its public function for the duration of the urban garden festival Lausanne Jardins.
Every four years the medieval city of Lausanne holds a competition dedicated to urban gardening and landscape architecture. Vogel won a competition held in the context of the current edition of Lausanne-Jardins with a design for a temporary garden on the forecourt of one of the city’s many châteaux, which is normally used as a car park. Vogel based her design on medieval ornaments inside the château that she abstracted into a ‘contemporary container pattern’, which will be planted with geraniums (a popular balcony plant in Switzerland). The containers, which are easy to assemble thanks to the folding system Vogel developed, will decorate the forecourt for the duration of the Lausanne-Jardins event (20 June–21 October 2009). For a few months the car park will become public urban space once more. In collaboration with Francien van Kempen and Johan Selbing.