The design team led by Meccanoo includes Michael van Gessel, Delva Landscape Architects and Jojko Nawrocki Architekci. The team was tasked with designing a new 2.5 hectare Garden of the 21st century with an integrated exhibition pavilion in Lazienki park in Warsaw. The 1800 square meter underground exhibition pavilion will look as if it’s growing out from an undulating path on the garden.
There will be two entry points carved out of the sidewalls and one carved out of the garden itself. The entry hall will connect two major exhibition spaces and two smaller ones with modular layouts. Several oculi (large round skylights) will perforate the walkway, and the surrounding vegetation will create a mysterious play of light in the garden while providing carefully controlled daylight in the pavilion. The pavilion will host large temporary exhibitions and the garden is an example of 21st century landscape architecture that will provide a place for local environmental education.