Headquarters of Helvetia Patria, 
St. Gallen

Mountains of Flowers

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The garden consists of colourful areas characterised by a strictly composed diversity. A wide variety of plants flowering at various times create a finely balanced blend of colour that changes with the seasons.

The first highlights of the year are the spring bulbs. Until late autumn, magnificently coloured and shaped flowers and foliage, colours and leaf structures bedeck the garden, and slowly growing shrubs such as hydrangeas, juneberries, and dwarf lilacs draw clear-cut linear structures following the contours of the grounds. Along with the individual trees or groves, these copses reinforce our perception of a topography eternally in motion, in particular during the winter months. Water-basins and organically shaped paths round off the impression.

Owing to the fragmented reflections in the windows of the new buildings, the opulence of the garden is broken up and multiplied. The character of the outside plantings oscillates between the private and the public. The small-scale features of the plantings resemble a garden, whereas the network of paths and the slightly raised topography with its groves seem more like a park.

Client 
Helvetia Patria Versicherungen
St. Gallen
Architecure 
Herzog & de Meuron
Basel In Zusammenarbeit mit Pit Altwegg
Period 
2001
– 2004
Surface area 
23 000m2