Bilbao, Spain, with its noteworthy architecture has been on my list of must see places for a while. Now I have yet another reason for wanting to visit. This stunning garden was created by the New York based landscape and urban design office of Balmori Associates.
Called the “Garden That Climbs The Steps”, Balmori Associates describes the garden:
“The garden climbs the stairs, running in undulating lines of different textures and colors. Envisioned as a dynamic urban space; it moves in time and with the seasons. Its lush planting cascades down as though the garden was flowing or melting, bleeding the colors into each other. In one gesture, it narrates a story of landscape taking over and expanding over the Public Space and Architecture, therefore transforming the way that the stairs and the space is perceived and read by the user.”
Balmori Associates is doing lots of work in Bilbao. In a city of contrasts: it is both medieval and elegant; modern and contemporary. They are working on a master plan that ties together the old part of town anchored by the 14th century Gothic Santiago Cathedral, and the Frank O.Gehry designed Guggenheim Museum which anchors a more contemporary side to the city.
images by Iwan Baan
I love what the designers have to say about their own creation: “Like the famous Spanish Steps in Rome, the garden is not only designed for visitors to ascend and descend, but for them to linger, and just be.”
found via contemporist