Landscape Park Wetzgau

Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl: The biggest garden exhibition event in the German south-western state of Baden-Wuerttemberg is the Landesgartenschau (state garden exhibition). Every other year a city, selected in a defiant competition, has the chance to improve it’s infrastructure and green/blue system through this exhibition. For the event in 2014 the ancient city of Schwaebisch-Gmuend was selected. The concept was to work with two antipodes: the gardens in the city and the landscape in an adjacent agricultural dominated little village approximately 1.5 km away. Beside the garden show major infrastructural reconstructions have been undertaken. One was the tunneling of a major thoroughfare and another one was the daylighting of a creek in the city center.

Atelier Dreiseitl was hired to develop the permanent design and exhibition concept for the rural part of the project, the so called landscapepark Wetzgau. Centerpiece of this exhibition area is the Weleda-Experience-Garden, where the highly sophisticated processing of plant extracts and their transformation into medicines, cosmetics or food can be discovered and experienced. An existing religious and healing center (for pulmonary diseases) will display the edible garden, a taste, smell and sensory experience. Built is this concept on the long history of the site since they produce their vegetables for ages on their own. Another highlight will be the forest as this area will be developed into an exploration and learning zone.

Client: Landesgartenschau Schwäbisch Gmünd 2014 GmbH
Landscape Architecture: Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl
Completed: 2014
Area: ca. 15 ha
Location: Schwäbisch Gmünd / Germany