On a space of 2.5 ha, a new Garden of the 21 st century is to be created as a continuation of the historic gardens of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. A new space for temporary exhibitions will allow the inclusion of the Royal Łazienki and Warsaw in the international exchange of significant and fascinating museum exhibitions. The royal residencies and Warsaw’s museums will gain 2 thousand metres of new exhibition space of the highest standards for temporary exhibitions. The design meets all cultural and environmental requirements and applies environmentally friendly construction solutions.
The Garden of the 21 st century with an underground exhibition pavilion, was designed along with the revitalisation programme covering the degraded area of the Royal Łazienki, bordering with the Chinese Alley and landscape gardens from the 19th century together with a modernist garden from the 20th century. This innovative project links the underground pavilion for temporary museum exhibitions with the new garden in the form of a waving-flower meadow and a greenery-covered roof. In 2013 the Royal Łazienki Museum announced an international competition for the concept of a Garden of the 21 st Century, with an exhibition pavilion, under the auspices of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the Minister of the Environment, in cooperation with the Union of Polish Architects. The jury selected 66 groups for the competition (including 16 international), and 48 of them submitted their entries. The competition was concluded on 14 November 2013, when the jury unanimously awarded the Grand Prix to a group of Dutch and Polish architects consisting of Mecanoo International, Michael R. van Gessel, and DELVA Landscape Architects and its Polish partners – Jojko + Nawrocki Architekci.
The new design is to be located in the currently unused part of the gardens, along its south-western border. The area previously containing technical facilities is currently a slightly dishevelled plot of land on the outer edge of the park. As compared with other Łazienki gardens (the Royal Garden, the Romantic Garden and the Modernist Garden), this triangular strand of land is quite small. However, due to its being parallel to the main compositional axis, i.e. the Chinese Alley, the new element can be easily combined with the existing gardens. “In Łazienki, with the prevailing trees and lawns, the new garden will be like a meadow of wild grasses and flowers. The waving and blooming meadow exhibits the abundance of nature, at the same time encouraging people to experience it freely. This open, spacious and cheerful garden, available to everyone, also carries a multidimensional message. This natural blooming meadow does not require intensive maintenance in the form of mowing, planting and weeding. The garden is to enchant its visitors throughout the whole year, not only due to all-year-round blooming but also because it demonstrates the beauty of each season, even the winter, when untrimmed plants present their abstract primary forms,” the architects explained.
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