The CityZen Garden is a public park in Downtown West Palm Beach for active neighbourhood gatherings, as well as a contemplative area for more passive meditative activities. The park offers a series of meditative outdoor spaces for collective and individual conscious. It is a needle of urban acupuncture tuning the mechanical city towards the organic, cooling the self-infected stress and industrial fiction.
Carefully planted bamboo, trees, bushes, creepers, flowers, water elements and ground vegetation create a pleasant micro-climate in this post-urban oasis. The park generates small winds to cool of the thin layers of asphalt and concrete of the surrounding city baking in the hot Florida sun.
Post-urban meditation is led by Dudali, infrastructural humanoid made out of copper water pipes.
The park consists of a round outdoor piazza/amphi as a stage for talks, gatherings and performances, of three wooden pavilions for smaller gathering and of a fish-shaped stone-garden made out of recycled broken glass. The head of the fish is a small sheltered wooden platform with a small water fountain in the eye. Fish is real.
Casagrande Laboratory + LeJobart (Marco Casagrande – Béju – Sherryl Muriente)
Béju / LeJobart
Niilo Tenkanen / Casagrande Laboratory
Downtown West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Size: 1000 m2
Recycled glass gravel, white stone gravel, natural stone, copper, steel, concrete, wood, water
Photos: Jennifer Talesman
Sketch: Marco Casagrande