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Straub Thurmayr Landscape Architects:建造一个花园也就意味着开始与土地及土地上的生物进行对话。该“植根于粘土(Rooted in Clay)”项目便是这样一个感官实验,它向人们展示了尘世中微小的东西是如何在这片大世界中找到属于自己的庇护所:景观。

Straub Thurmayr Landscape Architects:Making a garden means nothing more than to start a dialogue with the land and the living beings on it. Rooted in Clay is a sensual experiment that demonstrates how something small; the garden and its gardener, finds sanctuary within something big: the landscape.


▼花园色彩感官 Colours



Rooted in Clay is an adventurous experiment in conformance with place, time, plants, soil, light, water, climate, and budget. ‘Building materials’ for the project were leftovers that the city produced and threw out. The controlled re-use, upgrading and transformation of materials into a new context was the key to this poetic design statement.


▼回收的材料 Salvaged Materials

▼材料去除杂物后 Purified

▼控制性重复利用 Controlled Reuse




This garden is situated in an access-only street in a residential area in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Sealed driveways and manicured lawns are the typical welcome. The side of the homes facing away from the street enjoy beautiful views and the serene landscape of the Red River.

Seasonal changing levels, annual floods, ongoing erosion and high concentrations of red sediment, the Red River in Winnipeg is a highly dynamic, urban water body. How do we deal with this energy on a beautifully situated river plot?


▼项目区位及场地设计 Site Design and Location

▼项目总平图 Master Plan



Our design for the WY garden is a sensitive response to this topological context. We planted a ‘forest of roots’ stabilizing the garden’s ground. The species-rich meadow between house and river offers the perfect get-away spot for visitors and inhabitants of this garden. Salvaged wood beams painted in primary colours are placed as diving boards or picnic blankets in a sea of grasses.


▼儿童友好型 Child-Friendly

▼新语境 New Context



In the winter the snow nestles between the blades of grass remaining fluffy and creating a perfect habitat for a wide variety of small mammals and insects to dig a network of tunnels. These pukak dwellers spend their winters under the snow. Pukak is an Inuit word for the complex layer of ice crystals and open space that forms at the base of snow pack. Where there is little vegetation, such as on a lawn, no pukak layer forms.


▼冬藏 Hibernation

▼“普卡卡”昆虫微生态 Pukak Ecology

▼花园里的可爱动物 Fond of Animals

▼静谧又美好的黄昏 Good Night



The river meadow provides a pleasant and warm welcome already at the entrance. A generous outdoor ‘dining room’ with a long table makes for a peaceful setting. By the way, not a single nail or screw was used. Only gravity joins beams and boulders, roots and clay.


▼郁金香的序曲 Tulips Prelude

▼草海中的青梅竹马 Grassroot Siplings

▼闲谈的友人 Chat Away

▼所有坐凳和桌子没有使用一颗钉子或螺丝 No Nails or Screws

▼只靠重力搭接 Just Gravity




We live in times where the massive consumption of resources and the constant production of waste can no longer be tolerated. Designers of built environments have a responsibility to find and implement creative responses to this self-destructive exploitation of limited resources. This forces a radical paradigm shift for designers of built environments towards a building culture of improvisation, repairing and recycling.





The WY Garden is an experimental attempt to prove that complex projects do not need to use vast amount of resources.

Our planting design is considered to be a friendly assault on the Canadian lawn and has its sight on a new ecological aesthetic. It follows a particular botanical choreography created to protect the land from erosion and to provide habitats for all living things. It cleverly bypasses the city bylaw that insists on a maximum height of six inches for grass. With the monoculture of trimmed lawns cultivated on neigbouring properties, the community bylaw inspectors are perplexed by our atypical garden. The grass cannot be decreed a neglected lawn. No rule is broken. No ticket issued.


▼沐浴在阳光下 Bathed in Light

▼静默时刻 Moments of Silence




规模: 850平方米

景观设计:Straub Thurmayr Landscape Architects
设计团队:Prof. Dietmar Straub, Prof. Anna Thurmayr
客户:Nobby Woo and Lorraine Yau
合作者:Sunshine Landscaping

图片来源:Dietmar Straub, Anna Thurmayr, Straub Thurmayr Landscape Architects

Project name: ROOTED IN CLAY _ WY Garden
Completion Year: 2018
Size: 850 m2
Project location: Winnipeg, Canada

Landscape/Architecture Firm: Straub Thurmayr Landscape Architects
Website: http://umanitoba.ca/architecture/dietmar-straub
Contact e-mail: Dietmar.Straub@umanitoba.ca
Design Team: Prof. Dietmar Straub, Prof. Anna Thurmayr
Clients: Nobby Woo and Lorraine Yau
Collaborators: Sunshine Landscaping

Photo credits: Dietmar Straub, Anna Thurmayr, Straub Thurmayr Landscape Architects


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