Landesgartenschau Aschersleben – Exterior Design
By dividing a space, various functions are assigned.
A space, urban or park area, or even a plot of land is essentially a cell in the entire organism that is a city or park. It is a miniature reflection of the life of the city and effects its existence.
In order for life to occur, the cells of a space must possess and fulfill diverse functions – on the one hand clearly distinct, and on the other in a symbiotic relationship with other cells and functions. The underlying principle of functional distribution is the division of rooms or cells – mitosis. Through mitosis it is possible that, based on the same organism (a plot of land in this case), it will be split, organized, and structured so that various functions can be adopted.
The ‘cell walls’, which assume the functional division, are represented here by 3m-high wooden poles. They illustrate both spatial and functional division. The gaps which occur are symbolic of the accumulation of new functions which facilitate a symbiosis of the cells, or spaces.
Two primary functions are discernible: transport and storage. The transport and accompanying movement are symbolized by the individual gates which are arranged in the exterior area of the cell. A transparent roof over the seating area in the interior of the cell characterizes the storage unit of the cell, which will contain the humans who bring life to the space and therefore also reflect life. All areas can be reached via arranged inlays in the grass. These are found beyond the actual limits of the cell in order to make new functions accessible and appropriate the principle of communal use. Symbiosis.
Every individual phase of cell division effects a change to the total space, its use and requirements, and the appearance of the organism. At the same time, mitosis is both a part of life and the basis for life.
In collaboration with David Koch