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Vogt Landscape Architects

Migrating Landscapes

  • TUE - SUN
    22/05 > 31/07
    11 AM - 7 PM

    01/08 > 21/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Arsenale
  • Admission with ticket

Günther Vogt (Lichtensteiner, b.1957) with Violeta Burckhardt (American, b.1987) and Simon Kroll (German, b.1984) of Vogt Landscape Architects (Switzerland, London, Berlin, Paris, est.2000)



Migrating Landscapes consists of a megastructure that works as a model of the city on which it stands: a topography made of architecture. The hard-pressed bricks that make up this urban landscape are made of soil from different regions across Europe, offering a sort of architectural, material mapping of a region whose flora, like that of the world, is constantly changing. As the vegetation grows between the cracks of this city model, architecture is transformed into landscape. The installation not only maps the territory through a deconstruction of its architecture, but also acts as a timeline of the changes in vegetation undergone by the city of Venice. These are made visible in the form of a faded planting scheme of non-native flora introduced to the city. The project presents a synthetic history of ecological change and the manipulation of land. The urban landscape gives way to a rugged topography accommodating the seeds of change, giving way to a new type of landscape that reimagines the implicit relationship between landscape and architecture.

Biennale Sneak Peek

Image 1 – How will we live together?
The displacement of ecosystems across the world is a direct result of human’s intervention and our ideas of paradise as the ultimate garden. As the walls of the garden begin to crumble, unable to withstand the climatic conditions that we now control, a new territory arises, where we must learn how to live together.

Photo: Athanasius Kircher, Topographia Paradisi Terrestris, 1700s. Courtesy Wiki commons


Image 2 – Sneak peek of the project
An urban landscape gives way to a rugged topography accommodating a collection of introduced vegetation found in the city of Venice, giving way to a new type of landscape by reimagining the implicit relationship between landscape and architecture.

Photo: Concept Model. A city, a landscape from above


ARBOR, Excellence in growing, Belgium
ACO AG, Schweiz
Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction
Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Claytec. Baustoffe aus Lehm
Generelli SA. Marmi Graniti. La pietra per passione

Production credits

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