A winter garden in a museum

I am interested in portraying gardens in museums to analyse how these institutions conceive (as the concept, the idea of) and design those spaces to serve as places for pleasure, maybe for relax or reflection, take time to recover energies to continue the museum visit, a calm area for reading, ...
What other functions do you think a garden in a museum would serve for?

What do you think about the winter garden in the Musee de la Photographie in Charleroi (Belgium)?

Comments

NellJean said…
It looks like a space to connect to the outside absent the little wads of summer shade annuals often seen in protected areas in the US. It looks very restful.
It looks like a really nice place to sit in the winter time with the windows and all the light. A little sparse on the plants though even if they were going for the minimalist look.
jeansgarden said…
Lula, I find this a very inviting space. The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (the older West Building) has two garden spaces on the upper floor where they have massed potted plants and seating. I love to curl up there for half an hour with a book as a little break. -Jean
landscapelover said…
I like the idea of this very much but agree with Carolyn that it looks a bit sparse - a lot of soil and not very much greenery.
Do you know the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston? For me, that has the garden space that all other museums are judged against.
PlantPostings said…
It's a great idea. I'm always drawn to these kinds of rooms and spaces--especially in the winter. It's great that one wall is glass windows and doors, although looking out onto a white, wintry landscape might make one shiver.
Donna said…
I love how the outside is brought in..blurs the lines and extends the garden..nice
Honestly it looks like a prison for the plants. Too many gray, bland surfaces, no visual interest. I am surprised other find this inviting. I find it a bit cold. And with your great photography skills, I am betting you made it look better than it really is.
maggie said…
Your photo is excellent, and captures the feel of the indoor garden.
The planting area shapes are really great, and I think they'd look a lot better if the soil was mounded up more and covered in an evergreen groundcover, or mondo grass, or something that would accentuate the form.
And maybe those inside trees don't need such robust staking? There probably isn't as much wind inside.
Lula, Yesterday and today have been unbelievably hot and humid. Most unusual for the shore of Lake Michigan. Since it is way to hot to work in the Gardens at Waters East, it is a good time to catch up on your Blog and other Blogs I am following. Like you I took a trip to a museum to get a way form the Winter weather some time back. Nice to sit and enjoy form the protection of inside the gardens around the museum. Nice space in your photo. Jack