By Architecture Insights

Aug. 3, 2013 - Aug. 18, 2013

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

10-14 Darcy Street, Parramatta

photo: Simon A Cook, 2013

Escape the hubbub of the streets and delve into an immersive retreat, right in the heart of Parramatta. See how indigenous grasses and herbs transform this once dangerous alley by creating an oasis using roof-runoff to water a stacked ‘rain-garden’ supporting a bio-diverse matrix of native species. This vertical ladder integrates plant systems and creates habitats for liveability, aesthetic stimulus and social wellbeing.

Formed as a biological intervention wedged between old shops this leftover space becomes engaging for city workers to pause and revitalise. Vorsprungarten re-thinks the need for urban stress management zones, where your headspace can be renewed amongst soft green chlorophyll textures while a 24 hour soundscape envelopes you. Edible herbs and native grass re-value spatial and water resources while reclaiming a benign new identity for the original Parramatta Grass – this time as a vertical pasture.

The display is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am to 2pm, but viewable all day from Darcy Street.




Simon Alexander Cook
0419 124 153