We want your views on the three designs that have got through to the final stage of the competition to create our new Hunt Museum in a Garden. A public urban garden for Limerick. Final judging will be on April 29th (virtually).
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ENTRY 1: DESIGN LAYOUT
The Hands of Time Garden concept was developed during a recent visit to the Hunt Museum, when I was struck by the ingenuity and beauty of so many objects created by human hands, over several millennia and from different corners of the world.
Visitors to the garden are invited on a journey through time and space, to consider the wonders that human hands can create through collaboration and the sharing of ideas and technologies.
ENTRY 1: DESIGN IMPRESSION
Travels in Time – the Paths of Discovery:
From the plaza, three paths wind through the garden, inviting the visitor to interact with the garden and its contents. Each path represents a celebrated ancient route, suggested by the artefacts in the museum as laid out on each of its three floors.
The Silk Road path, named after the ancient trading route linking Europe to the Orient, is inspired by the fabulous collection encompassing the development of the decorative arts. (First Floor) It curves past planted areas that are a rich tapestry of colour, including plants native to the East and China, and reflects the building’s original purpose as Limerick’s Customs House.
The Camino di Santiago path is named after the famous pilgrimage route in Northern Spain and reflects the collection of objects with religious significance (Ground Floor). It is flanked by plants which flourish in that region.
The third route, The Appian Way path, is named after the most famous of the Ancient Roman roads, the Via Appia, and represents the museum’s archaeological collection (Top Floor). This path features Mediterranean plants and plants familiar to the ancient Romans, still popular today.
Seats invite rest and reflection, while replicas of Museum objects are displayed on plinths and in the outdoor chess set. Every path is accessible and play and exploration are encouraged. A Community Garden and native planting feature among the existing mature trees, encouraging biodiversity, play and exploration.
ENTRY 2: DESIGN
Garden 2 – Tide line
This design draws on the historical maritime links of the museum building and the international nature of the museum collection for inspiration by creating a ‘tide line’ of planting that ebbs and flows along the rear facade of the museum. The ‘tide line’ creates alcoves of planting that are used as exhibition spaces for the supersize museum objects. The alcoves are sculpted out of the ground by mounding up the earth to a maximum height of 1.2m that creates a sense of enclosure whilst allowing for passive surveillance from the museum. The alcoves will be planted with plants from the same origin as the sculpture to create a uniquely synchronised experience for visitors. These alcoves provide a range of differing atmospheres to sit in, which will ensure a wide range of user enjoyment from office workers on a lunch break, museum staff and visitor to school groups and families. They will also provide a natural windbreak when seated and thus encourage people to use them even on windy days.
Earth is sculpted into a low amphitheatre in front of the cafe that will provide informal seating and allow for greater capacity of visitors to enjoy musical performances, chess tournaments, and community gatherings. The proximity to the cafe maximises the potential revenue capacity of the cafe and provides a practical solution for catering of larger scale events.
A new kitchen garden area is proposed at the northern end of the garden where it will receive essential best light. It is hoped this location will be a hub of energy, used by Men’s shed groups and community organisations.