The modular private japanese garden.
The emotions around the Japanese Garden environment, with its colors, scents and geometric proportions, is usually feel as a part of oriental life rithms, far from western frenzy that does not consider breathe as a necessary variable linked to the flowing of time. In this context, tgG project aims to be a personal garden, a small access to the oriental philosophy where life rithms slowly follow the change of the seasons. The idea of this modular garden concept is simple, handling the increasing problem of space in our cities: even where is minimized, how is possible to provide terraces and small balconies of modular gardens adaptable to the available spaces?
Developed on the frame of Chinese puzzle Tangram, it's modularity and repeatable shape join together flexible use with a playful configuration method. It's compositions are balanced between geometric and origami rules.
This project was designed for a medium size terrace on an attic appartment in Milano, it measures 40 sq. m. and the customer wants to realize a corner where find relax and where to grow his passion for bonsai trees. On this request we thought to design tgG, as a zen garden all the elements can be moved to find the right shape. Once all the elements are close, tgG fill a square space of ... and it can cover the maximun linear extension of .... On a minimum balcony depth of 150cm it can placed everywhere, even on small surfaces.
The shell of every single tank is made by balau wood, with a high stress tollerance under all weather conditions and a low maintenance, specially suitable to be used where last in time is a necessary requirement. Shells are raised from the gorund of 10cm by baseboards, to solve moisture problems below the tanks.
Inside the 30 cm high wood shell is contained a second galvanized tank, suitable for planting or for housing of clay pots, equipped with drainage holes. The project provides the planting of bonsai tree, but the tanks are suitable also for different fittings such as sand or rocks. Every single element is designed to have a specific chromatic and phisical identity, will be the chosen plants and materials inside to make everi tgG unique and personal.
Every tank module matches with a platform support or footboard. These platforms can be moved, raised from the ground and made by balau wood, as the shells. Placed in contact with the tanks, conceptually they recall paths inside a traditional japanese gardens. The dialogue between these two structures can be expressed by finding everytime a different composition, where dynamics geometry meets the mathematical discipline of the japanise garden. The peculiarity of tgG makes of this garden the perfect complement for both private and domestic dimension, or public places where flexibility is a necessary requirement for fixed installation or temporary set.
tgG is non only a system for gardens, but a composition game thanks to which is possible everywhere to find the appropriate space to accomodate a japanese garden, to disocver its own inner dimension and find own breathe also in the frenzy of modern metropolis.