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hello wood stacks triangular lush planters for the garden of communities installation

Hello Wood piles leafy boxes for the Garden of Communities

 

Budapest-based design studio Hello Wood has completed a public installation that utilizes the interplay of geometric forms and abundant greenery to create intricate shapes. Located at the heart of the Factory’ard in Veszprém, their latest creation, The Garden of Communities, serves as a tribute to the vibrant culture of the Veszprém-Balaton region. By stacking leafy wooden boxes in a spiral manner, the pavilion stands as a symbolic monument, symbolizing the collaborative efforts of the 116 municipalities involved in the Veszprém-Balaton 2023 European Capital of Culture programme.

 

It is not the first time that Hello Wood has created a public work that represents an important purpose. Among their most iconic creations were the Sledge Trees shaped like Christmas trees (see more here and here), which adorned several European cities on a temporary basis before being dismantled, and the sleds donated to charitable causes.

 

‘For each municipality participating in the VEB 2023 programme, we have designed a unique planter box, with the name of the municipality clearly displayed on the side, containing a sapling. In Veszprém, which is the central site of the European Capital of Culture 2023, we have set up a Garden of Communities, consisting of 116 planters, which promotes the eternal values of community cooperation,’ explained Balázs Szelecsényi, the project’s architect.

hello wood stacks triangular lush planters for the garden of communities installation
all images by György Palkó © Hello Wood

 

 

a blend of geometric forms and lush greenery

 

Stacked on top of each other, the triangular planters form a circular exhibition space accessible to anyone. The juxtaposition of voids, solids, and abundant greenery produces a magical kaleidoscope-like view skywards, drawing in visitors who can freely explore the pavilion and reflect upon the names of villages or cities that hold cherished memories for them.

 

By planting native tree saplings within containers, the team at Hello Wood sought to form a biodiverse vertical garden that flourishes and gains resilience as the seasons progress. The structures are equipped with an automated irrigation system that guarantees consistent growth of vegetation. Moreover, the intricate design of the installation offers varied sun exposure, wind patterns, and rainfall conditions, allowing each tree species to be positioned appropriately based on their specific water and sunlight needs.

hello wood stacks triangular lush planters for the garden of communities installation
each container reflects the names of villages or cities that might hold cherished memories for the visitors who know those regions

 

The historical significance of the site, which was home to one of the largest furniture factories in the region for some 120 years, was also a key factor in the design. To honor this historical heritage, the planter boxes are adorned with cladding crafted from reclaimed timber sourced from the Drechsler Palace in Budapest, featuring old larch planking that dates back almost 120 years. By incorporating these antique materials, the installation not only pays homage to the past but also adds a timeless quality to the work, enhancing its historical reference even further.

 

After four years, each planter will be returned to its corresponding municipality. The saplings planted within them will continue to thrive and transform into trees, serving as enduring symbols of the unity achieved in 2023. As part of the VEB 2023 programme, the Hello Wood architectural summer school and festival will make a comeback from the 6th to the 15th of July. This time, the event will take place in the basalt mine of Zalahaláp, providing an inspiring new setting for participants and attendees alike.

hello wood stacks triangular lush planters for the garden of communities installation
geometric architectural forms and abundant greenery produces a magical kaleidoscope-like view skywards

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hello wood stacks triangular lush planters for the garden of communities installation
an automated irrigation system is built into the structures, ensuring the growth of vegetation

hello wood stacks triangular lush planters for the garden of communities installation
The Garden of Communities creates an interplay of voids and solids, forming intricate shapes

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hello wood stacks triangular lush pots for garden of communities installation
the pavilion invites visitors to explore inside freely

 

 

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the native tree saplings of the region grow and strengthen with the passing of the seasons
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after four years, each of the planters will be returned to its respective municipality
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project info:

 

name: The Garden of Communities

design and construction: Hello Wood Zrt. | @hellowood
board: András Huszár, Dávid Ráday, Krisztián Tóth
idea: András Huszár
architect: Balázs Szelecsényi
associate architect: Szilvia Odry

landscape design: Enikő Kapás
structural design: László Pongor

client: Veszprém 2030 Műszaki Infrastruktúra Fejlesztő Kft.

 

implementation:
project manager: Viktor Rajmon
structure: Attila Csicsó, Miklós Piltman
plants: Gergely Ronai

photography, videography: György Palkó

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