Transformation of the baroque garden in Dresden
2nd, 3rd, 5th year students and diploma
Studio Bernd Schmutz
Mit Thomas Back
„Der Große Garten“ is a large ressource in the centre of Dresden, for pleisure, social encounters, enchantment but equally for wildlife and wilderness which we set out to stimulate. Originally conceived as a baroque garden, it soon became a place for amusement with castles and the Zoo but also for science and display with the remains of the former Botanical Garden. Our projects are aiming to challenge this situation on three scales: with little follies that can operate as a temporary venue to complement the adjacent neighbourhoods, with a new infrastructure at the junction of the Zoo to initiate its long-term transformation for making it part of the park and a new structure with greenhouses to support the Botanical Garden with facilities for research, plants, biomass but also as a public place that combines arboretum, seed archives, kitchen gardens with a restaurant. All projects have been using local or existing structures and material, were developed in timber, generate their own energy, offer places to live for animals and plants – ultimately adding to the smaller and larger cycles of the park and its outreach into the world beyond.