Art meets functionality in Rotunda for a new life in the garden
Rotunda is a large basin designed between 2013 and 2014 by Citylaboratory, an international group of architects and designers. The work is placed in one of the areas of Grand-Métis’ gardens in Quebec, Canada and becomes the core of a natural temple, where the trunks of the trees create a sort of peristyle. Citylaboratory describes Rotunda as “elemental garden, based on an atmospheric and poetic perception of materials, light, plants and the passing of time. It is a reflection on the fundamental themes of the art of the garden”.
The basin is made of a steel frame that suspends water from the soil. In this work the contact with the ground is almost eliminated and the assembly joints are hidden, thus making Rotunda an organic element that has its own life and evolves over time.
Water becomes a reflecting surface that allows the beauty of the nature and its changes to be captured , creating exciting effects when light changes, during the process of evaporation or during precipitations.
The black steel basin will slowly collect water, leaves, pollen over the summer, as a provision of food for birds and insects in winter.