Location: Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville, Paris, France [MAP]
Designer: Agency Parks Region (AEV)
Project Type: Ephemeral, Public Square
Completion Date: 15.06.2013
Access: Located on the Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville situated in front of Hôtel de Ville in the 4th arrondissement. Demolished on the 12th of July, 2013.
Jadrin Éphémère is set amidst the crowded buildings of Paris is a square that was originally known for its violent executions. Though the square would warrant no more than a second glance, due to its lack of features or distinguishing characteristics, it fronts the extraordinarily beautiful Hôtel-de-Ville built in 1533 (later rebuilt in 1873 after a fire set during the French Revolutionaries)(1). Even though little exists on the site of Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville than a few fountains at each entrance, it is what normally isn’t there that makes this place so special.
Everything from an ice rink in the winter to markets, displays and events in the summer are set up here in the heart of Paris, including a temporary garden installment called Jardin Éphémère or Ephemeral Garden.
Created to showcase the possibility of a beautiful garden in a crowded, dense city, Jardin Éphémère provides many places for locals and visitors to sit and relax for lunch or break along with information on everything from urban agriculture to pollination as well as occupations relating to the environment and green space.
In addition to providing information and a place to sit for the passerby, Jardin Éphémère brings a beautifully colourful short plant prairie that shifts and turns along an elevated boardwalk, perfectly executed to the point where if you did not see the buildings, you would not even notice you were in the city.
At certain points the garden bleeds down in beautiful tentrils towards the pavement, causing the garden to seem as though it had grown itself straight from the ground in the middle of the city. A pleasant surprise for those who stumble upon it, Jardin Éphémère proved to be all it was built for and more.