vendredi 24 août 2012

Design of the terrain of The Park in Riem

In order to be accountable to the human scale, despite the almost geographical dimensions of  the park, the landscape architect undertook  several decisive changes in topography.
These  are hardly recognisable today. He evened out  the existing slope of the site northwards to the city.   This slope was minimal, but across such lengthy  distances it would have led to uncomfortable  sightlines for the people in the park areas closest  to the city. 
A terrace was created to form a frame  for the city’s silhouette. Two parallel pathways lie on the slightly
southward sloping terrace, a large and a small terraced pathway, which combine to form  a promenade which allows for extensive views into  the park.
The wall which is necessary to accommodate the changes in grade, the so-called terrace wall, marks the boundary between city and park landscape.  The top of the wall runs horizontally for long  distances. City, park and landscape form a true  ensemble. 
Gilles Vexlard goes back to a classic device in landscape architecture in his handling of the topography, an effect  that was used during the Renaissance: the paths adjacent  to the ground planes are elevated.

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