Etymologically, the word “garden” comes from the Indo-European “gortos”, which means “enclosure” and implies the notion of protection, while the word “ideal” comes from the Latin “idealis”, meaning “corresponding to an idea rather than reality”.
Consequently, the “ideal garden” has no special form, it’s free! There are as many ideal gardens as there are people who think them up or dream them.
Paradoxe is a deliberate attempt to capture the essence of such freedom and dreams. Its form is therefore shrouded in mystery. It protects the garden itself while increasing our freedom of imagination…
All we can reveal about the garden here is that it is enclosed by a wall with several golden doors of different sizes. They let us fantasise about what it will be like to walk through the garden once we have crossed the threshold.
SOWATORINI LANDSCHAFT -Sebastian SOWA, Gianluca TORINI and Ayla KUTAS, landscape architects-
SOWATORINI Landschaft (Berlin and Bochum), founded in 2016 by Sebastian Sowa and Gianluca Torini. Landscape as a broad field, the bumblebee as heraldic animal and naivety as an aspiration! The studio works on gardens, in public spaces and in temporary formats at the interface with art.
Sebastian Sowa, born 1981 in Bochum, landscape gardener, landscape architect (TU Munich, Folkwang University of the Arts), university lecturer for landscape architecture/art.
Gianluca Torini, born 1985 in Berlin, landscape architect (TU Berlin), illustrator, web de-signer
Ayla Kutas, born 1993 in Kaiserlautern, Master Landscape Architecture (University of Kassel)
Student team in freelance collaboration:
Philipp Appel, born 1998 in Dresden, cand. landscape architecture (University of Kassel)
Felix Dalisdas, born 1999, cand. landscape architecture (University of Kassel)
Doreen Heuer, born 1999 in Hannover, cand. landscape architecture (University of Kassel)
Agnes Leitling, born 1995 in Wesel cand. landscape architecture (University of Kassel)