asensio_mah: surface deep
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jul 21, 2011
asensio_mah: surface deep

‘surface deep’ created by asensio_mah located in quebec, canada
images courtesy of asensio_mah

international practice asensio_mah has recently completed ‘surface deep’ an outdoor installation for the reford gardens’ metis
international garden festival
located in quebec, canada. hearkening to the historical presence of low profile walls in gardens,
this modern expression pushes a typically mundane element into an interactive addition. this collaborative project with students from
harvard’s graduate school of design provides a temporary entry sequence for visitors to the grounds. the undulating form frames
a procession for visitors and becomes a point for reflection before continuing onward.

children playing on the installation

the incrementally angled panels blur the unit’s function, gradually transforming the wall from seating into the ground plane.
the surface’s open webbing provides a framework for a variety of mosses to harbor. the university’s digital fabrication facilities
allowed a majority of the construction components to be produced before reaching the site. after rapid assembly, a moss garden
extending beyond the segmented unit was planted.

(left) undulating profile
(right) wood framework becomes exposed

angled panels

child walking alongside the installation

framework detail

moss detail

site plan



moss diagram

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