Archive for July, 2014

The International Garden Festival, hosted by the Domaine de Chaumont-Sur-Loire, is an exposition of 25 gardens which takes place each year from April through November. In order to determine the designers of the gardens, the Domaine holds a juried competition. This year, the theme of the competition was the 7 Deadly Sins and each competitor or team created a garden design or art installation submission in response to the theme.

Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire

Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire

Domain de Chaumont-sur-Loire

Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire

Chateau de Chaumont-sur-Loire

Chateau de Chaumont-sur-Loire

Stables at the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire

Stables at the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire

Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire

Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire

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Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, overlooking the Loire River Valley

View of the Chateau and village across the Loire River

View of the Chateau and village across the Loire River

My Master’s project advisor and professor at Kansas State University, Jessica Canfield, entered a personal submission to the Garden Festival competition last fall. After the jury narrowed their selections and conducted brief interviews, Jessica learned her submission, Green Without Greed, was selected as one of the gardens to be built and shown in the Festival. Each entrant is responsible for determining who will construct the garden and how it will all come together. Jessica then began tracking down all the necessary building materials and gathering a construction crew. I joined the construction crew at the beginning of the year and in mid-March we set off on a fantastic adventure.

We spent two weeks at the Domaine in order to construct Jessica’s garden. Accommodations and food were provided on site and only a short walk from the Green Without Greed plot. Jessica’s design challenges and mocks the typical American lawn, which uses many precious resources to achieve the perfect shade of green. Two tones of artificial turf create a “quilt,” which serves as the “lawn,” while a gazing dome acts as a substitute for a water feature and berms serve as a play and seating feature.

 

Green Without Greed - completed garden

Green Without Greed – completed garden

Turf "Quilt"

Turf “Quilt”

 

One of the most interesting aspects of the whole experience was seeing all the other plots in various phases of construction. Some of the gardens were designed and built by large landscape architecture firms with dedicated professional construction crews, while others were individual artists, architects, or landscape architects on their own or with small crews, and some were even student led teams.

 

one of the completed gardens

one of the completed gardens

one of the completed gardens

one of the completed gardens

one of the completed gardens

one of the completed gardens

one of the completed gardens

one of the completed gardens

one of the completed gardens

one of the completed gardens

one of the gardens under construction

one of the gardens under construction

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one of the gardens under construction

one of the gardens under construction

one of the gardens under construction

 

We also enjoyed touring the interior of the Chateau and learning of its history, as well as exploring the Domaine grounds which feature many different gardens and art installations. Additionally, we were able to do a brief tour of landscape architecture sites in Paris at both the beginning and end of our incredible journey.

Chateau de Chaumont-sur-Loire

Chateau de Chaumont-sur-Loire

interesting detail along the Chateau tour

interesting detail along the Chateau tour

gabion wall at the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire

gabion wall at the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire

permanent installation at the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire

permanent installation at the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire

permanent installation at the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire

permanent installation at the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire

along the Seine River, Paris

along the Seine River, Paris

Parc de Bercy, Paris

Parc de Bercy, Paris

la Coulée Verte, Paris

la Coulée Verte, Paris

la Centre Pompidou, Paris

la Centre Pompidou, Paris

Parc de la Villette, Paris

Parc de la Villette, Paris

Parc de la Villette, Paris

Parc de la Villette, Paris

Parc de la Villette, Paris

Parc de la Villette, Paris

interesting fence at Parc de la Villette, Paris

interesting fence at Parc de la Villette, Paris

Parisian alley

a Parisian alley

You can read more about the Green Without Greed construction process and crew through Jessica’s blog:

http://greenwithoutgreed.blogspot.com

For more information about the Domaine de Chaumont-Sur-Loire International Garden Festival:

http://www.domaine-chaumont.fr/en_festival_festival?cat=3&expandable=0

 

Chow Cafe

The much anticipated arrival of Chow Café to Piedmont Oakland is one step closer to opening. BASE supported the design team, led by Lowney Architecture as we received unanimous approval by the Oakland Planning Commission, clearing the way for construction in the coming months, and a planned opening in Spring 2015.Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 1.46.32 PM

The planting plan on the cafe is nearly all-edible at the site, which Chow’s chefs plan on incorporating into the café’s offerings. Artichokes, kumquats, sage, thyme, and carrots are some of the plants.plants plants2

Bartlett Parklet

The Bartlett Parklet origins began when Bishop Ranch sponsored a contest for their employees to design a parklet for their campus.  After all the votes were in, the “Bartlett Parklet” was the winner, and BASE was then hired to develop the design, plan, teach, and run the build week with employees. The Bartlett Parklet is named after the orchards that used to stud the ground of Bishop Ranch, and is the first of its kind in San Ramon as well as in a corporate setting! The Parklet features community seating, a bike rack, a responsible waste station, solar-powered outlet and sound system to connect your ipod/phone to, [Bartlett] pear trees and a bird house. Built ground up on top of a “drop-down” trailer originally intended to move Minnesotan ice shanties, it is designed to be mobile and parked in various locations on the Bishop Ranch campus. Sunset celebrated the Parklet’s grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and champagne at BR 12.IMG_3305

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IMG_0214Build week begins with employees and BASE team members

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IMG_3248Ribbon cutting and grand opening of Bartlett Parklet

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IMG_3268Many thanks to all who were involved. The ribbon cutting was the latest of many new exciting developments at Bishop Ranch.  Naturally, we’re excited that this piece of architecture will sit at the doorstep of Sunset’s Renzo Piano designed city center. So the big question is…will Renzo Piano like the Parklet??