Name: ‘Rain Garden’, winning display of the Most Beautiful Garden 2016 competition
Location: Bohemia Garden Trade Fair, Litomerice
Design: Atelier Land05, Jana Pyskova and Ales Kurz
Build: 2016 - Temporary exhibition
Award: 1st prize
Ten landscape architects presented their temporary garden displays to the Professional Competition Committee chaired by the architect and urban planner Martin Rajnis at The Bohemia Garden Trade Fair. Atelier Land05 together with Jana Pyskova and Ales Kurz competed with an ecological solution of the rainwater garden management project. Our display ‘Rain Garden’ was awarded the 1st prize by the Competition Committee.
It is well known fact that throughout the rainy days lots of water runs off the landscape without any use. However during the dry season, water becomes a scarce source, usually supplied to our garden by the drinking water tap. The rain water runoff may cause flooding during persistent rain and could result in high water bills during the summer months as we try to keep our greenery lush. Water harvesting provides a smart solution. It enables us to capture the rain water through the rainy days and subsequently provide the moisture necessary during the dry periods. Alternatively just by slowing down the rainwater runoff we may help the natural water circulation and benefit our garden.
Let’s start with the green roof, a perfect example where succulent plants are capturing rainwater. When the weather turns dry, the water slowly evaporates, creating an ambient microclimate, which helps the house cool down. It may even help reduce the use of air-conditioning in the property. Furthermore we are capturing water into various vessels and the bathing pond; this then overflows into special flowerbeds where the water soaks in. The flowerbeds are planted with greenery coping well with temporary waterlogging. Our small garden display measuring only 8 by 9 metres manages to capture 10 m3 of water which would normally be lost. The garden also provides a pleasant microclimate during the hot summer months. Children love incorporating water into their outdoor play, and when the autumn comes the drops falling onto the garden pond surface evoke a dreamy atmosphere. Our garden concept is not only focusing on the beauty of the created environment but also on the usefulness and sustainability of the design.
Watch our short video explaining benefits of water management (link)
Published in the following media:
Iveta Kopicová (6, 8),
Marie Moravcová (7, 11)