This garden is an allegory of the Lost Kingdom, a constantly renewed return to this primary, original world; a journey that nourishes the soul like fruit that nourishes the body, buoying the heart by the awakening of all the senses to guide it towards the mystical encounter.
The garden is made up of two parts: the white garden, residence of light, and the black garden, a dark and mysterious external envelope that symbolises the passing time. A cube at the end of the garden catches our eye and intrigues us. Open-topped, it is the door to the marvellous garden.
This garden is an invitation to shed our senses, extricate ourselves from our outer appearance and open up to the world within. An invitation to get back to our roots and share a few fragments of plenitude.
So perhaps you’ll find me. And you’ll look for me again and again…
Ghanem LARIBI, landscape architect and Farid HIRECHE, landscape designer
From left to right: Ghanem Laribi and Farid Hireche
Ghanem Laribi was born and raised in Algiers (Algeria). After completing his scientific studies in France (Diploma of General University Studies in Physics and Bachelor’s Degree in Pure Mathematics), he enrolled in the National Higher School of Landscaping in Versailles and then took courses preparatory to a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Gardens, Landscapes and Territories, going on to found the Association des Paysages et Jardins d’Algérie. He has lived in Algeria since 2005, and has set up “Comptoirs des Paysages” in his homeland, a landscaping agency that is increasingly busy implementing his projects.
“A garden architect who graduated from the National Higher School of Landscaping in Versailles, I have had my own workshop, “De Pleins & de Vides”, since 2011, acting as project manager for public and private initiatives (landscaping design, technical studies, monitoring and creation of projects). Making good use of the 12 years I spent in the pharmaceutical industry as head of clinical research projects, I am currently developing hortitherapy projects with Michel Racine and the “Jardins Arts & Santé” association. I am also very interested in Land Art and historical gardens, such as the Poya formal garden in Switzerland, on which I did some restoration work. I also devote a considerable amount of research and energy to the houses and gardens of the Algerian countryside, in the hope of reviving and safeguarding this unparalleled mineral and vegetable heritage.”