‘Garden of Delights’ is a room in The Garden of Privatised Delights, designed by architectural practice Unscene.
Could we open up garden squares to create more public space?
This room acts as the first and last room in the exhibition. As you enter the British Pavilion, the Garden of Delights appears impossible to access without a key. You see its greenery behind the gates of the square but, unable to enter, you move on to the next room. Having visited the other rooms, you return to the Garden of Delights as the last room in the exhibition.
Inspired by the garden square – a common feature in many British cities, but often highly controlled or locked, and out of bounds to passers-by – Unscene Architecture offer a transformed vision for such a space as an inclusive garden of delights, where you can play, grow produce, cook, work, meet and contemplate.
The past year has highlighted the importance of access to communal outdoor spaces to both our mental and physical health. By removing the railings, and providing productive infrastructure to extend its functionality, Unscene ask if the garden square could be opened up to allow more diverse users and activities.