“Recto-verso” experiment, this garden invites the rediscovery of the colour red, through a large number of plant species. Not very frequent in nature, red is an ambiguous colour, referring to strong and varied symbols. This garden sets out to highlight a certain number of plant species through which the richness and nuances of this colour can be seen. Twenty one species display the colour red through their flowers, as well as in their stalks, leaves and fruits.
Recto-verso (Double-sided) plays with the contrast between two elements and two colours: green, the colour of the garden, is visible at the entrance. As for red, it is only visible at the back. This perception is made possible by a subtle topographical system using slopes and counter slopes. The creation of this vibration of earth and ground accentuates the antagonism between the natural and artificial characters of this landscape.
Jean Chevalier and Nicolas Pineau are bachelor and master students at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes. They worked together on the “Atelier Mobile” workshop by Kinya Maruyama (Team Zoo) within the framework of the Estuary Festival 2007, as well as for a landscape project workshop in Brest.
Toufik Hammoudi is an architect and a teacher at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes.