The Garden of Intersections

Studio Ossidiana

Plaza de San Bartolomé – Concéntrico 09

We imagined for Concentrico an inhabitable tribute to the soils of the city and of its territory, a sequence of mineral filled rooms, where to play, dig, or draw on the ground itself. Each room is dedicated to a soil type, framed within a hedge-like garden wall: ferrous soils, volcanic gravel, and clay rich substrate populate the rooms, meeting at their intersection, and producing new grounds.

Within it, we can be gardeners or geographers, look for buried treasures or just lay on loose materials under the sun, while the soils mix through daily explorations, through the acts of drawing, and with the movement of guests. The Garden of intersections brings to the center of the city the very ground it stands on, the undomesticated matter which preceded its bricks, its portals, its walls, homes, and churches, not as a monument, but as a canvas.

Following Concentrico, the installation will become an experimental classroom for the Centro education Infantil las Gaunas: there, for the months or years to come, it will be an open air pavilion for listening, talking, or gardening, where to build new intersections between teaching and learning, exploring and learning, gardening and playing.

 

Studio Ossidiana

Studio Ossidiana is an award-winning practice based in Rotterdam working at the crossroads of architecture, design, visual art, and landscape, led by Giovanni Bellotti and Alessandra Covini. Balancing research and fabrication, the practice explores innovative approaches through buildings, materials, objects, and installations. Poetic and thought-provoking, Studio Ossidiana’s ambition is to design usable and generous spaces, materials, and concepts, to both participate in a global architectural debate, as well as ground the thinking in the built environment, through permanent or temporary projects. In 2018, SO was awarded the Dutch Prix de Rome, the most prestigious prize for architects under the age of 35. The studio’s work has been exhibited in international exhibitions, among others, at Venice Architecture Biennale, Istanbul Design Biennale, Chicago Architecture Biennale, Rotterdam Architecture Biennale, and Shenzhen Architecture Biennale.

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