The Belgian Garden at the Floriade Expo 2022
Belgium, its Regions and Communities have chosen a triangular piece of land of about 500m2 on the waterfront to promote the country’s horticultural characteristics and green innovations. The garden and the pavilion designed by Nicolas Godelet Architects & Engineers will house Belgian solutions for “Growing Green Cities”, the theme of the exhibition. The Floriade will welcome 2 million visitors to Almere (near Amsterdam) from 14 April to 9 October 2022.
Designed by Nicolas Godelet Architects & Engineers
BelExpo, or the Belgian Commission General for International Exhibitions, launched a competition for architects and landscape designers to design the garden that would represent Belgium for six months. It was won by the company Nicolas Godelet Architects & Engineers from Yvoir. Their “regenerative garden” convinced a jury that was focusing on criteria such as aesthetics and sustainability.
Nicolas Godelet’s team had already designed the Belgian Garden for the last international horticultural exhibition in Beijing in 2019. They recently designed the “Big Air”, the famous infrastructure for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
Playful and inspiring
For the Floriade, the firm designed a project that is at once architectural, geometric (look for the countless references to the triangle) and natural, reflecting Belgian gardens. It is a playful space, a place of relaxation where families can take the time to try out wooden games. The Belgian garden also offers an inspiring trail, for example the edible plant path.
A regenerative garden
In an half-open modern pavilion in the centre of the garden where the Brussels-Capital Region, the Flemish Region and the Walloon Region will present the innovative solutions of Belgium for the horticulture and agriculture of the future.
The pavilion’s architecture is designed to minimise its environmental impact. Each material chosen is fully reusable or degradable, low-carbon, regenerable and natural: earth, wood, hemp, naturally compostable bioplastic, all these materials will be reused or recycled at the end of the exhibition.