When I first saw these images of this bonsai garden I thought they were renderings but as I read on I was in awe. Arko started out as concrete specialists but has now flourished into Exterior architects and rightly so. I once tried the bonsai thing but I wasn’t very good at it. This display is a modernest dream. These concrete forms in all of their architecture and finishes create a perfect minimalist “city scape” for these second generation bonsais to stand as the art work they truly are. My favorite is the double tree with a small body of water around it and ya live fish. I really appreciated the design of their website as well.
“The exhibition showcased a personal collection of second generation bonsai. The trees were displayed in a contemporary setting not traditionally associated with the art form. The display is a small representation of our ambition to establish a world-class public bonsai museum as part of the rebuild of the Christchurch CBD, where plants can be showcased, maintained and donated.”
“Concrete was the perfect structural element for the architectural platforms because it could be shaped to a highly decorative standard while being engineered to last centuries like the bonsai. All of the concrete was poured in situ, with all the visible sides of the aggregate surface exposed.”