Hidden Garden


Piazza Gae Aulenti
Piazza Gae Aulenti, Piazza Gae Aulenti

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April 2018

An “Hidden Garden” in the heart of the high-rise Milan

Hidden Garden is an infinite green space, designed by the studio Pierattelli Architetture, to give visitors a space in which to recover their relationship with nature

An enchanted garden, populated by tall trees, hundreds of plants and blooming flowers, will be located for the Design Week, in Piazza Gae Aulenti, symbol of the Milan that looks to the future. This is the intriguing project signed by the Florence studio Pierattelli Architetture,together with Flos, Vitra, Porcelanosa Grupo, Gruppo Giardini, Bruni Costruttori, Flamingo Firenze, to give the city a space in which to recover the relationship between man and nature.

Hidden Garden is a secret but at the same time infinite garden. A space of 100 smq protected by a ring of panels that conceal it from the chaotic square outside, from which only glimpses and perspectives are allowed. The outside panels - made of the innovative Krion material - are designed as "empty canvases", which can be decorated by anyone wanting to express their creativity. Drawings, murals and thoughts will find expression for 24 hours, before being easily erased to leave room for new creations the next day. Inside, the panels themselves are lined with mirrors that create afascinating interplay of reflections, giving the sensation of an endless space in which abstraction and reality merge.

Technical description

The installation consists of a 100 sqm rectangular garden, enclosed by 45 panels, 3.30 meters high and distant from each other 10 cm, supplied by PORCELANOSA Grupo. The outside panels are made of Krion® K-Life (material with antibacterial and photocatalytic properties that help to purify the air), while the internal panels consist of mirrors that reflect the surrounding space. The structure was set up by the Italian company Bruni Costruttori, active for over 50 years in the building sector.

The garden, created by Gruppo Giardini, features a thick grassy mantle, from which emerge 200 aromatic plants and 4 large trees, creating a winding path that allows you to enjoy the entire area in a totally free way.

The space can also be visited after sunset thanks to the lighting provided by the new Landlord outdoor product and 2 Super Archimoons FLOS. The outside lamps, specially designed for this installation, enhance the charm of the place with plays of light and shade.

The garden will be enriched with Vitra Home Collection furnishing accessories: the area dedicated to children will feature a selection of icons of classic and contemporary design as Eames Elephant (Charles & Ray Eames, 1945) and Panton Junior (Verner Panton, 1959/1960); flanked by Vegetal Chair (Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2008), Panton Chair (Verner Panton, 1999), MVS Chaise (Maarten Van Severen, 2000), Metal Side Tables (Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2004).

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Bruni Costruttori
Flamingo Firenze
Gruppo Giardini
Pierattelli Architetture


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