Tree Crack

This design of a front garden to a Victorian terrace house in Hackney, London, is composed of a cracked concrete slab and trees. 

Tree Crack

2011-2015  |  media: landscape  |  location: Hackney, London  |  scale: 5.5m x 5.5m

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The original concept for the front garden of a typical London Victorian terraced house in London, proposed to drill into the beautifully weathered and patinated concrete slab to plant a tree and a few shrubs. It was intended that as the trees grew, it will increase the cracks of the slab in a continuous process of ruination; this will be the expression of the garden.

The built design is of a new concrete slab designed with abstracted cracks. As the trees grow, they will start the process originally envisaged.  

 
 
 Original slab now demolished

Original slab now demolished

 
 
 

Project team

 

Structural engineer: Ben Godber

 

Photographer: Eric Guibert 

 

Drawings: Eric Guibert

 

Contractor: Atom Build

 

 

 
 
 Cast cracks 

Cast cracks 

 Cracks as planted by client

Cracks as planted by client