THE ZEN GARDENS AT SIMES
NEW PHILOSOPHIES OF LIGHT
The SIMES’ headquarters get dressed up in a new light aiming at further inspiration for professionals from all over the world who visit the site every day. Quintessence and inspiration providing light that harmoniously completes the architecture. The brand new ZEN gardens feature
the most updated and creative lighting techniques for outdoor areas.
The ZEN gardens are located on the terraces surrounding the building and accompany the visitor in a guided outdoor tour. The perimeters of the gardens are all punctuated by a strip of light (LINEA CONTINUA by SIMES), a product perfectly suited to be used in continuity creating light paths and evocative sceneries.The continuous line draws a border between the inside and the outside, inviting the visitor to not go beyond the threshold of the garden. Unlike westerly gardens, designed as open spaces on which transit is allowed, a ZEN garden is admired whilst staying at the outside of its perimeter and emptying the mind while simultaneously gathering the sensations the composition transmits in it essentiality.
The leading actor of the whole project is the brand new Miniround, a luminous modular curved frame capable of giving life to different sceneries and expressing the creativity of the designer. In the ZEN gardens at SIMES, the MINIROUND is used to illuminate the fronds of the plants upwards, creating circular forms that receive the trunk at the centre. MINIROUND is perfect for this application for it provides a balanced and uniform illumination, due to the equidistance of the light source visàvis the object that must be illuminated. Being the MINIROUND contextualized inside the garden, it also allows to enter a symbolic significance. In Buddhist philosophy, the circle is a shape charged with meanings: it represents the perpetual cycle of life that develops in an endless alternating of seasons of which one cannot distinguish the beginning from the end.
MINIROUND is also used to outline winding lines that frame the “green islands” and to represent the motion of the waves that dash on the shoreline. This particular use of light, while on the one hand it illuminates the island allowing to come out of the dark, on the other hand it expresses a further dogma that is at the base of the Buddhist philosophy according to which the universe is constantly changing. The gravel was thus constantly raked by the monks with a special rake to allow the lines designed, in constant evolution like the waves, to open themselves to many interpretations.
Inside this last garden, a winding path made of stones leads to a green island: the represents the way that leads to life, understood as the achievement of a harmonious spiritual dimension. The stones are floating on the water of the sea and for that reason they are smooth and slippery: this detail makes us understood how difficult this way is and how much concentration is going to be needed. The lighting designers at SIIMES have done a great job: they were able to repeat also during night time the special suspension effect of the stones that float on the water, outlining the route. A special version of the in-ground UPLIGHT luminaire beams its light from beneath and creates a sort of luminous aura that reflects itself at the lower part of the rock, enhancing its perimeter. The luminous frame gives lightness to the composition and allows a comprehension during night time of it, by giving the proper importance of each single element, so that none of its significances will go lost.
Simes Headquarter, Giardini ZEN
- LOCATION: Corte Franca (BS), Italy
- PROGETTO ILLUMINOTECNICO: SIMES S.p.A.