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Garden of the hesperides (Morocco)

Garden of the hesperides (Morocco)
Friday August 3rd, 2018 Alexandre Lefèvre
  • Karin El Achak & Bernard Depoorter, Atelier Kel, Agence BDP concept © Yann Monel
  • Karin El Achak & Bernard Depoorter, Atelier Kel, Agence BDP concept © Yann Monel
  • Craonne _ Maroc _ Inauguration 2018_11_15 © Irène de Rosen
  • croquis d'un jardin avec un espace dégagé, au milieu un plan métallique quadrillé et coloré, sur lequel est posé une grande coupelle métallique, autour des arbres et des personnes sont esquissés en blanc flou Karin El Achak & Bernard Depoorter, Atelier Kel, Agence BDP concept © Atelier Kel, Agence BDP concept

On the edge of the “Chemin des Dames”, a valley devastated by the fighting and bombing of the First World War, this garden pays homage to Moroccan soldiers who died on French soil. Directed by the landscapers Karim El Achak (Morocco) and Bernard Depoorter (Belgium), this little piece of Morocco on French soil is based on one of the legendary gardens of the Maghreb, the fabulous orchard of Hesperides, which according to Greek mythology, is found on the edge of the western world. Here, the rigorous geometric layout of the project, which evokes the art of the Arab-Muslim garden, gently marries the bumpy configuration of Old Craonne. In the centre of the space, a shiny metal basin reflects the surrounding landscape. By tradition, the gardens of the Orient are spaces away from the world and time, where water symbolizes life in the face of the inhospitality of the desert. Set on a mosaic platform with terracotta tiles typical of Morocco – the fountain of this Hesperides garden is where the paths cross, to welcome the walkers of the Chemin des Dames.

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The artist

Karim El Achak & Bernard Depoorter

 
Born in 1962 Karim El Achak lives and works in Marrakech (Morocco). He founded the Kel workshop in 2017, after working for 25 years as an architect. In 2017, he worked on the master plan of Greater Marrakech and since 2018, teaches at the National School of Architects in Marrakech. For this project, he teamed up with landscaper Bernard Depoorter who was born in 1960. After 25 years of experience in landscape and garden architecture, Bernard Depoorter founded his BDP Concept agency in Lyon in 2010 and in Marrackech in 2011.