‘kagome’ by PPAG & simon oberhammer + stefanie mayer, vienna, austria
all images courtesy of PPAG & simon oberhammer + stefanie mayer
austrian practice PPAG has collaborated with simon oberhammer and stefanie mayer to create ‘kagome’, a playground within the museums quarter of vienna. formed with 120 live willow saplings, a bulbous form is created by bending the rooted plants and securing them in place with rings of a woven raffia of wood. initially 5 meters tall with a 4 centimeter diameter, the vegetation is rooted within a central humus bag. watering hoses are integrated into the base beneath a top layer of sand.
temporary steel rings were used during construction phase and removed upon completion for a structure formed only with natural elements. the construct will continue to grow throughout the summer, shading its visitors with the expanding foliage.
upward view of willow sapling structure and circular opening
wooden ring secures the curved saplings in place
5. perforated tube
6. integration of horizontal feed
7. temporary steel ring for construction
11. wood ring