German Pavilion International Horticultural Exposition 2019

China

As an example of Germany’s commitment to sustainability and its innovation in facing environmental issues, the German Garden at the EXPO 2019 in Beijing showcased the development of typical German landscapes under the motto “Seeding the Future”, combining modern technologies with traditional features.

 

As an example of Germany’s commitment to sustainability and its innovation in facing environmental issues, the German Garden at the EXPO 2019 in Beijing showcased the development of typical German landscapes under the motto “Seeding the Future”, combining modern technologies with traditional features.

 

The 2019 International Horticultural Exhibition held in Bejing hosted around 100 different nations and international organisations, with as many local provinces and municipalities, and both national and international companies under the motto “Live Green, Live Better”.

Covering around 2,000m2 of the overall 960 hectares EXPO area, the German Garden offered both a spatial and a temporal journey through Germany, illustrating the transformation of national gardening and landscaping approaches towards ecological resilience and sustainability.

Flanked by an artificial creek, visitors were led on a path through five different kinds of German terrain – the coastal landscape, the heathland, the highlands, the Alpine foothills, and the Alps. From the edges to the centre of the site, where the pavilion was located, natural landscape grew, while also becoming more cultivated and refined. In proximity of the 425m2 pavilion, the ample green frame shifted from a horizontal to a vertical dimension, merging with the building’s architecture over a total of eight kinetic green screens.

In the organic inside of the leaf-shaped pavilion, visitors were led to experience the fundamentals of garden culture as original landscape, both in its regional declination for productive land use and in its futuristic and innovative declination within the cityscape. A particular focus was set on the city of Essen and its environs, as an exemplary radical transformation from industrial core of Germany to European Green Capital and unique sustainability pioneer.

Upon entering the pavilion, visitors were given a clay ball mixed with flower seeds, symbolising the pivotal role of people’s initiatives in promoting modern urban gardening and actively shaping innovation by “Seeding the Future”. Other than learning about the century-old tradition of allotment gardens (Schrebergärten), visitors were also educated about the significant role of bees within the ecosystem, learning about citizens’ initiatives of roof gardening and bee farming. An “Inspiration Zone” designed like a characteristic urban garden encouraged peace, relaxation, and mindfulness.

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