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x-studio: Located in a central position in the Mediterranean Sea, the island of Sicily has been characterized as a territory of encounter, hybridization and constant evolution in which countless biological dynamics and cultural movements have taken place throughout history.


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On the northeast coast of the island, between the Etna volcano and the Ionian Sea, a unique landscape develops as a biological point of reference in the Mediterranean scenario, framing an exceptional ecosystem influenced by a subtropical climate in which various plant species coexist in a productive land that is constantly nourished by black volcanic sand scattered by the eruptions of Etna.


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正是在这样的背景下,我们构想了“感官景观”(Sensory Landscapes)来进行现场干预。感官景观以一个适宜步行的花园向这片特殊的环境致敬,花园汇集了代表地中海文化遗产的一系列植物。该项目计划作为一个互动和体验空间,吸引不同的感官(触觉、嗅觉、视觉和味觉),通过与空间的敏感对话增强人们对景观的感知,将花园中的自然元素联系到体验之中,即气味、纹理、风味、声音、场景。

It is in this background that Sensory Landscapes site-intervention has been conceived. Sensory Landscapes pays homage to this particular landscape through a walkable garden that brings together a collection of plants that represent the heritage of the Mediterranean culture. In this way, the project is proposed as an interactive and experiential space that appeals to different senses – touch, smell, sight and taste – and enhances the perception of the landscape through sensitive dialogues, connecting the natural elements that identify the territory into experiences: scents, textures, flavors, sounds, scenes.


▼适宜步行的花园 Walkable garden

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© Ivan Juarez | x-studio



Along the garden, a continuous thread links visitors and sensory experiences. With this approach, Sensory Landscapes connects a series of scenarios with perceptions, creating a multi-layered garden across different tangible and intangible landscapes -scentscapes (aromatic plants), landscapes of taste (edible plants), hapticscapes (texture plants) and visual landscapes.


▼嗅觉景观 Scentscapes

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© Ivan Juarez | x-studio


▼味觉景观 Tastescapes

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▼触觉景观 Hapticscapes

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© Ivan Juarez | x-studio


▼视觉景观 Visual landscapes

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© Ivan Juarez | x-studio


▼视觉景观-植物标本 Visual herbarium

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The project is also inspired from the culture of container gardening, the Mediterranean practice of growing plants in pots placed by neighbors in urban and outdoor domestic spaces such as courtyards, balconies, terraces, squares or sidewalks.


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参与式花园 Participatory Garden



The project proposes public participation becoming a collective device enriched by the interaction of visitors, offering different ways of engagement: a space for dialogue, dissemination and exchanging. An open space to develop diverse activities – drawing, writing, reading, eating -.


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The installation also promotes the act of sharing plants as a participatory experience, offering the possibility for visitors to bring their own plant, connecting them through the immediacy of sharing.


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© Ivan Juarez | x-studio


儿童实验室 Children-Lab



The garden is complemented by the Children-Lab, a space for knowledge and plant growing where children generate their own orchards from local seeds. The space proposes ludic and didactic activities based on experiential learning where they discover and share notions of their own territory in connection to natural cycles, local food practices and farming process – seeding, sowing and harvesting – .


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系统 The System



As an interactive display-system that has the capacity for constant transformation, the installation creates different types of scenarios. The system can be modified by changing its layout; grow or decrease along the site generating different spaces and activities.


▼概念设计 Drawing concept 

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Sensory Landscapes is taking part of The Biennial of the Mediterranean Garden, an event that rediscovers the Mediterranean garden to promote environmental culture through art, design, literature and music. The Biennial takes place in the Radicepura Botanical Park, a five-hectare horticultural park which is home to more than 3,000 botanical species and focuses on different areas related to botanical education, itineraries or research of the Mediterranean flora.


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© Ivan Juarez | x-studio
© Ivan Juarez | x-studio




面积:1400 平方米
景观/建筑事务所:Ivan Juarez | x-studio
主创:Ivan Juarez
客户:Fondazione Radicepura
合作者:Luca Gangemi、Chiara La Rosa、Franco Livoti、Piante Faro
摄影:Ivan Juarez | x-studio

Project name: Sensory Landscapes
Completion Year: 2021
Size: 1400 m2
Project location: Sicily, Italy
Landscape/Architecture Firm: Ivan Juarez | x-studio
Website: www.x-studio.tv
Contact e-mail: ivan@x-studio.tv
Lead Architect: Ivan Juarez
Clients: Fondazione Radicepura
Collaborators: Luca Gangemi, Chiara La Rosa, Franco Livoti, Piante Faro
Photo credits: Ivan Juarez | x-studio


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