Fascinating project in Duisborg, Germany. A former coal and steel production plant, Peter Latz‘s design brings together many elements of past, present and (potentially) future activities.
There is an excellent article on this park here in Wikipedia.
These are not usually the kind of elements chosen for a park, but it is all part of the remarkable blend at Landschaftspark.
“While each piece retains character, they also create a dialogue with the site surrounding them. Within the main complex, Latz emphasized specific programmatic elements: the concrete bunkers create a space for a series of intimate gardens, old gas tanks have become pools for scuba divers, concrete walls are used by rock climbers, and one of the most central places of the factory, the middle of the former steel mill, has been made into piazza. Each of these spaces uses elements to allow for a specific reading of time…. ideas of memory encompass Landschaftspark. A series of pathways at multiple levels connect sites scattered throughout the project, allowing the visitor to construct their own experience. One of these sites are the bunker gardens, where the fern garden is located. This garden was formed using railroad ties collected from other locations at the site, which might remind someone of the old railway that is now an entrace to the park” (Wikipedia)
“The idea was to integrate, shape, develop and interlink the existing patterns that were formed by its previous industrial use, and to find a new interpretation with a new syntax. The existing fragments were to be interlaced into a new “landscape”. (Peter Latz quoted at Land+Living)
(time exposure photography by Christoph Moseler)
Along with with the activities already mentioned there are also concerts in the park and “Tottering bridges and adventurous cable constructions will give you the most impressive and bizarre experiences that the former metalworks is in a position to offer.” (from main web site)
In 1991, a competition was held to design the park. Peter Latz’s design was significant, as it attempted to preserve as much of the existing site as possible (Diedrich, 69). Unlike his competitors, Latz recognized the value of the site’s current condition. He allowed the polluted soils to remain in place and be remediated through phytoremediation, and sequestered soils with high toxicity in the existing bunkers. He also found new uses for many of the old structures, and turned the former sewage canal into a method of cleansing the site.(Wikipedia)
Here is two cool pictures of the park from Ruben te Brake.
This is really one hell of a success story!