Project 2/2 2019

Harsham Camp Garden

Start:2016
Type:social
Completion:2019
Location:Erbil (IRQ)
Area:7900 m²
Scope:design and site supervision
Cooperation:[applied] Foreign Affairs
Architecture:Stefanie Theuretzbacher
Initiated by:UNIDO United Nations Industrial Development Organization

The conception and design of a communal facility with greenhouses and a garden next to the Harsham Refugee Camp in Erbil (IRQ) is a collaboration between [applied] Foreign Affairs, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Kieran Fraser Landscape Design. Our design focuses on the most essential characteristic of a garden as a protected area, separated from the outside world and offering a contemplative space for the display, cultivation and enjoyment of plants. The simple and quiet overall figure of the garden is intended to mediate a feeling of comfort and security. The concentric arrangement supports this idea by creating an atmospheric “inside space” in the centre, framed by space-building garden elements towards the periphery. The central space is applied as an open lawn surface for multiple uses and surrounded by several planting beds spiked with blooming highlights. A colorfully plastered concrete wall at seat height defines the border between the central green area and the adjacent grove of trees. The grove creates shady spaces for both smaller and larger gatherings and offers all visitors of the garden a pleasant place for rest and relaxation. The gravel surface of the grove is framed by a green belt of shrubs that contains the garden atmosphere and marks the border between the recreational space and the agricultural garden. The agricultural garden is maintained by the residents of the camp and includes 5 green houses and beekeeping equipment.

  • site | maps and aerial photo
     site | maps and aerial photo
  • Harsham Camp | photo © Jana Forsthuber
     Harsham Camp | photo © Jana Forsthuber
  • design variations
     design variations
  • site plan
     site plan
  • building site | photo © Baerbel Mueller
     building site | photo © Baerbel Mueller
  • site plan
     site plan
  • building site | drone photo © Jonathan Paljor
     building site | drone photo © Jonathan Paljor
  • building site | drone photo © Jonathan Paljor
     building site | drone photo © Jonathan Paljor
  • garden center layout
     garden center layout
  • building site | photo © Zeyad Khalaf Hussein
     building site | photo © Zeyad Khalaf Hussein
  • section
     section
  • building site | drone photo © [a]FA_[applied] foreign affairs
     building site | drone photo © [a]FA_[applied] foreign affairs
  • tree selection
     tree selection
  • building site | photo © Zeyad Khalaf Hussein
     building site | photo © Zeyad Khalaf Hussein
  • training center & garden 02/2019 | photos © Zeyad Khalaf Hussein
     training center & garden 02/2019 | photos © Zeyad Khalaf Hussein
  • training center & garden 02/2019 | photos © Zeyad Khalaf Hussein
     training center & garden 02/2019 | photos © Zeyad Khalaf Hussein
  • training center & surrounding | photos © Jana Forsthuber
     training center & surrounding | photos © Jana Forsthuber
  • garden status 10/2019 | photo © Zeyad Khalaf Hussein
     garden status 10/2019 | photo © Zeyad Khalaf Hussein
  • training center | photos © Zeyad Khalaf Hussein
     training center | photos © Zeyad Khalaf Hussein
  • green house | photo © UNIDO Benoit Wuatelet
     green house | photo © UNIDO Benoit Wuatelet
  • garden activities | photos © UNIDO Benoit Wuatelet
     garden activities | photos © UNIDO Benoit Wuatelet
  • green house | photo © Jana Forsthuber
     green house | photo © Jana Forsthuber
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