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Architects and designers challenged to 're-think play' for International Garden Festival

Six design teams have won the right to create fun and interactive gardens for the International Garden Festival, which will be held in Québec, Canada later this year.

The projects were chosen ahead of 156 other competition submissions, and the successful teams will now take their place at the 18th edition of the prestigious festival from 23 June. They will appear alongside a number of other commissioned conceptual gardens created by more than 70 architects and landscape designers from various disciplines.

For the contest, the jury called for garden designs that “re-think play and take part in the global discussion over nature-deficit disorder.” This year’s event is intended to inspire young people to see outdoor play as “just as interesting, if not more fun,” than on-screen amusement.

The International Garden Festival is the leading event of its type in North America. Since its inception in 2000, more than 160 gardens have been exhibited at the city’s Redford Gardens, on the banks of the St Lawrence River.

The garden designs selected for the 2017 edition are:

L’Escale by Collectif Escargo

Designer Pierre-Yves Diehl, landscape architect Karyna St-Pierre and art teacher Julie Parenteau

L'Escale

"Small plots of land on wheels, wagons for children, are made available to be chosen, adopted and brought along for our visit of the festival site."

The Woodstock by Atelier Yok-Yoh

Architects Steven Fuhrman, Samson Lacoste and Luc Pinsard, teacher Laure Qarémy and architectural engineer Pauline Lazareff

The Woodstock

"An unusual playground grows in the shade of trees and forms a play space where the children become giants, perched at the top of the wooden causeway."

La Chrysalide by landscape architects Gabriel Lacombe and Virginie Roy-Mazoyer

La Chrysalide

"An invitation to take a break in time, between childhood and adulthood, to climb into the tree, make a nest and lay there to dream."

Paysage euphonique by MANI

Architect Claudia Campeau and designer Maud Benech

Paysage euphonique

"A set of giant play facilities creates a tension in our rapport with the landscape and forces us to see and hear nature differently."

Soundcloud by architects Johanna Ballhaus and Helen Wyss

Soundcloud

"Bells attached to the ends of metal rods create the illusion of mist and clouds where a dialogue with nature begins and where stories can be told."

HAIKU by architects Francisco A. Garcia Pérez and Alessandra Vignotto

HAIKU

"A lonely swing in the forest, a flooded path, a motionless stone. Everything is in place to appreciate the cycle of the forest life."

International Garden Festival  Jardins de Metis  Redford Gardens  Quebec  Canada  garden design 
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Six design teams have won the right to create fun and interactive gardens for the International Garden Festival, which will be held in Québec, Canada later this year. The projects were chosen ahead of 156 other competition submissions, and the successful teams will now take their place at the 18th edition of the prestigious festival from 23 June. They will appear alongside a number of other commissioned conceptual gardens created
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