German Garden at Floriade Expo 2022

With the theme “Biotopia – Growing Community”, Germany will present innovative solutions for a sustainable interaction between nature and the city at Floriade Expo 2022. The German garden will present vivid examples of modern resource-saving horticulture and will let you experience the possibilities for the green cities of the future in a playful manner.

The centrepiece of the German Garden is a green atrium, which will be surrounded by a wooden pavilion, which symbolizes a constantly growing and changing city.

Living ecosystem

The pavilion of the German Garden consists of a two-storey wooden construction with a roof garden, solar panels, wind turbines and green facades. Through the planting, the building forms a living ecosystem, of which the appearance changes over the course of the Expo as the plants grow. The pavilion symbolises a constantly growing and changing city. In the middle of the garden, there is an open space with ornamental plants, horticultural crops, trees and wild flowers. There are also relaxation areas, a water playground, a stage and a themed restaurant. After the Expo all parts of the building will be disassembled and reused sustainably.

Image: ARGE insglück / gtp2 / studio grüngrau
Interactive exhibits

Upon entering, visitors receive a smart bracelet that activates their individual vision of a green city of the future. From urban gardening ,the edible city, hydroponics and the use cycle of rainwater to the potential of algae and sustainable packaging materials. “This will be a fresh appearance for Germany that radiates lightness and joie de vivre,” summarises Commissioner General Dr. Karl Wessels: “The German garden offers visitors innovative ideas from modern horticulture in a playful manner, without losing sight of the seriousness of the subject. After all, the ecological restructuring of our cities is one of the greatest challenges, especially against the current backdrop of climate change and the global proliferation of megacities.”

Organisation and implementation of the German Garden

The consortium insglück, gtp2 architects and studio grüngrau Landschaftsarchitektur won the tender. “The garden and the pavilion form a harmonious whole concept and address the Floriade theme optimally, both in design and content”, emphasises Commissioner General of the German Garden, Dr Karl Wessels of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).

The BMEL is responsible for the German Garden at Floriade and has commissioned Hamburg Messe und Congress (HMC) for its implementation. After the German pavilions at the 2008, 2012 and 2017 Expo, the Hamburg House at the 2010 Expo and the German gardens at the International Horticultural Exhibitions of 2016 and 2019, this will be HMC’s seventh participation in an international exhibition. The selection committee for the pavilion consisted of representatives of the responsible Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, the Exhibition and Trade Fair Commission of the German Economy eV, the German Federal Horticultural Exhibition and HMC as executive company.