Coulommiers, France (2008)
client: Coulommiers Hospital
design team: Laurent Gilson (lead architect), D PAYSAGE (landscape architect) and Beterem (engineering consultant)
D PAYSAGE : Diala Haddad, Lysann Schmidt
surface area: 19 000m² m²
budget: 5 000 000 € HT
The garden design is inspired by shape of cells, a symbol of life. The entrance to the site is centred on the building with parking on either side planted with trees. A generous square shaped entrance courtyard is proposed with a signature specimen tree to welcome the visitors and the patients. In the centre of the building a patio opens up, cadenced with linear beds, an extension to the entrance planting sequence. Curved pathways in exposed aggregate concrete weave their way through the garden to the terraces adjoining the rooms. Each circuit has its own specific character. Areas planted with bulbs, ground cover beds intermingled within a meadow offer continuous flowering at different times of the year and allow patients to stroll around easily on the pathways through this large open green space that stretches out towards the fields.