Down the Stairs to a Shady Grove. : Dialogues between Finnish Garden Art and Architecture

Julia Donner, Elina Standertskjöld

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Abstract

The garden belongs to our home just like any one of its rooms. “Let the step from the kitchen garden to the rooms provide a much smaller contrast than the one from the road or street to the garden." Alvar Aalto

The summer exhibition at the Museum of Finnish Architecture examines the relation between garden art and architecture over a period of three centuries. Over the years appreciation for gardens and their significance has varied with the social and historic situation. When building something new, or supplementing the old, landscape architects and architects have pondered the built-up environment as a whole. The exhibition offers a thematically divided review of how Finnish gardens have been designed on different scales, and what kinds of conditions have affected their design.

The timeline of the exhibition extends from the 18th to the 21st century, from individual garden and landscape sites to planning the greenspace of entire urban districts. Much will fit in between - thoughts about nature, healthy living environments, and beauty, as expressed through means of gardens and landscapes. The exhibition opens up the built landscape as a whole and encourages visitors to ponder dialogues of architecture, gardens, and landscapes, which can be harmonious or inconspicuous, or conspicuous, and possibly discordant.
Translated title of the contributionDown the Stairs to a Shady Grove. : Dialogues between Finnish Garden Art and Architecture
Original languageFinnish
Place of PublicationHelsinki
PublisherArkkitehtuurimuseo
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art
EventPorraskiveltä puiden siimekseen: Arkkitehtuurimuseo - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 27 May 201523 Aug 2015

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