Hampton Court Palace Flower Show July 6th-11th 2010…and the Winner is….

……Together Again – DShape Garden awarded Gold Medal and Best Sustainable Garden at Hampton Court Palace Show 2010!!!!

The new sustainable garden presented this year at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show by the Florentine garden designer Ludovica Ginanneschi combines solid volumes with extremely light forms, drawing together environmentally sustainable design and refined spaces for entertaining and relaxation. The centrepiece of the garden is a modern structure made through a new sustainable technology called D-shape.

Stereolithography, also known as 3-D layering or 3D printing, is a patented new technology allowing the creation of three-dimensional (3-D) objects from CAD drawings: the D-Shape building process is similar to the printing process, as the system operates by straining a binder on a sand layer: the process reproduces the action an ink-jet printer makes on a sheet of paper. This innovative principle allows architects and designers to engineer complex concavo-convex architectural structures without human intervention. This new process returns any type of sand, dust or gravel back to its original compact ctone state; the outcome Stone is very similar to Marble.

Together Again D-Shape

The binder transforms any kind of sand into a marble-like material, whose resistance and traction values are much higher than common cement’s typical factors, so that there is no need to use iron to reinforce the structure. This artificial marble is indistinguishable from real marble and as a hundred percent recycled artificial stone is also environmentally friendly.

This new robotic building system was invented, developed and patented by Enrico Dini, engineer, founder of D-Shape Ltd and grand-son of the famous Italian mathematician Ulisse Dini, author of various work on differential geometry such as Dini’s surface, equations and theorems on infinitesimal analysis.

TA Stone and planting detail

The garden celebrates the reunion of millions of grains of rock sand, that started out as natural stone and have been brought together again through the recycling process to form the structure;  high, soft clumps of grasses and perennials surround and complement the structure.

TA_planting details

   Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2009

Best Conceptual Garden – Hampton Court Flower Show 2009

This conceptual garden “It’s hard to see”, designed by Ludovica Ginanneschi and her partners, was chosen last year among 32 entry designs and awarded Gold Medal and Best Conceptual Garden Award at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in 2009. The theme of the garden represents the idea of beauty and benefit of inner-growth and self-reflection in contrast to the artificial values of a consumer-oriented and market-led society.  The black surface surrounding the lush central area appears to be dry and sterile, thus representing the defeat of the illusory materialist belief systems, while the inner part, multiplied by the series of mirrors placed against the walls, discloses a vibrant and beautiful bright-green planting to the attentive onlooker.  What is “hard to see” at first sight, is then disclosed to a closer observation: our inner values and talents are revealed if only we accept the challenge and are ready to fight to discover the precious contents hiding within ourselves.

Overall view

Conceptual art is art in which the concept or idea involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic and material concerns. Conceptual gardens are a special category having run in Hampton Court for 5 years: a good balance of artistic skills, design expertise and horticultural knowledge are the ideal blend for creating innovative and enjoyable green spaces.  Free from aesthetical or functional constraints, they explore and redefine existing design boundaries and  forms underpinning traditional or formal gardens, and express a level of innovation and creativity that is not always possible within other garden categories.