COVID-19 has revealed our appreciation for the outdoors and plant life, but most importantly a need for a renewed understanding among nature, built environment and humans. Yet, most of our exposure to plant life in urban settings are defined by planters and pots that isolate plants from the greater ecological network below ground level. (In)Between soils recalibrates the relationship among nature, built environment, and humans by subjecting architecture to become part of the ecological cycle.

The garden is framed around rammed earth walls made from loam, sand, and gravel from the site. The three components form the landscape of the garden: the west of the wall is adjacent to the forest, padded with loam to form a solid mound, the east is adjacent to the garden’s walkway, loosely formed with sand to allow for movement, and the central path is formed with gravel. Visitors can contemplate our placement in the world as they walk in, on, around, and between the paths defined by the rammed earth wall that extends the natural habitation into the built environment.

Status: Schematic Design, 2021
Client: Jardin de Metis 
Location: Quebec, Canada