|Bezirksamt Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg von Berlin
The starting point for the redesign of Helsingforser Platz is the southern Finnish landscape around Helsinki. The characteristic islands surrounding the city are made up of weathered stone and a sparse covering of trees. At the centre of the spatial mise-en-scène are modelled islands (of vegetation) created out of coarse greywacke gravel and single boulders.
The numerous connecting paths and crossings are preserved by the precisely-shaped amorphous islands of vegetation. An irregular, yet concise planting scheme of multi-stemmed birches and grasses aims at establishing a relationship to the landscape. The islands are embedded within a concrete pavement made up of two different lengths of paving stone and stripes of small cobbles, forming a pattern of waves that – being perpendicular to the main direction of movement – produces a decelerating effect.