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Chaumont-sur-Loire

Every year, the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire hosts an international garden festival. Located on the banks of the Loire River in Central France, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire is an historic chateau with botanical gardens and an arts center. Woven into the chateau’s permanent gardens, the festival invites artists, designers, landscape architects and gardeners to design and build gardens based on a theme. For the 2020 season, the competition’s theme is Gardens of the Earth /Return to Mother Earth.

Image credit: Eric Sander

Image credit: Eric Sander

At dwg., we engage in design competitions as a way to explore and test new theoretical and technical ideas. During competition meetings, everyone in the office is invited to present a concept for the design. An overall concept is then developed through a series of design charrettes and discussions. Once we have a concept, we dive into production — creating plant palettes, modeling designs, developing renders and crafting narratives.

For our 2020 Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire entry, we designed a garden called Les Baignoires. Melding the concept of forest bathing with the hyper-real tropical landscapes of painter Henri Rousseau, we created a space of wonder and awe that stimulates the imagination and rekindles our connection to earth.

While we were not selected, we continue to be inspired by our submission’s conceptual explorations and continue to dream of one day sinking into a bathtub in the forest.