Awarded on the 26th of June 2018 by a jury of professionals renowned in the world of garden art
Is it possible? That’s a question many of us sometimes, often or even constantly ask ourselves.
Is it possible for a tree to grow in the middle of a surface of water?
What with climate change, floods, and rising rivers that overflow their beds, there is sure to be less space available and we shall have to ask ourselves how we are going to fare in a different environment.
This garden is a place of meditation and tranquillity. It is also a garden of curiosity, inviting visitors to discover the hidden meaning of an almost empty plot, entirely covered in water with a single tree planted in its midst. Water and reflections both fascinate us. The water mirror acts as a stage, transforming the audience into protagonists in their visit.
Ulli HECKMANN, architect
Ulli Heckmann studied architecture in Germany and France (at Bordeaux’s School of Architecture and Landscape) and graduated from Darmstadt Technical University in Germany in 2006. After completing his studies, he worked for various architectural and landscaping agencies in Bordeaux, Berlin and Frankfurt before settling in Paris in 2011. He has 10 years’ experience in urban planning and industrial and residential design. While working in Germany, he took part in numerous international competitions. In 2013, he launched his freelance career as an architect and designer with a work created for Chaumont-sur-Loire’s International Garden Festival in collaboration with Meir Lobaton and Julia Pankofer. These days, he is taken up with architecture and design competitions and projects in Paris and Europe, including apartments in Paris and facilities and private houses in France and Berlin.