Xiaodi Yan

Re-constructing the edge: Inhabiting between environment and culture through water

The representation of water is the most essential part of Versailles gardens. Because of its geographical location in a valley and its arid climate conditions, water supply is historically a problematic issue, particularly in the construction of fountains, which necessitate costly hydraulic projects and facilities. Today, Versailles gardens have an enclosed water supply system that collects rainwater to mitigate evaporation and leakage. The design of the site, which is located at the Northwest edge of Versailles Park, near the Grand Canal, responds to the historical and present situation of water usage in the garden. It tries to show the contemporary understanding of water and redefines the process of water usage in landscape. The design explores the infinite possibility of water by representing the physical and visual conditions of various aquatic habitats. The water garden also collects rainwater from southern areas, acting as a functional reservoir for Versailles gardens. Finally, the site also becomes a historical museum for water related artifacts. It encourages people to explore the cultural meaning of water in the region.

About The Designer

Xiaodi Yan is a landscape architect who loves the complexity of landscape and the mystery of nature.