Jonas Berglund, Helena Emrani
The courtyard of Berghus4 contains a paradox: it is at once a constructed ravine, dividing a building from a rockface, and it is a lush garden, rich in vegetation. The narrow atmosphere of the ravine, created through the proximity of the new residential building to the cliff behind it, is reinforced through the use of a rich and varied plant palette that is tailored to the shady environment. Trellises support climbing plant varietals, which screen ventilation towers and openings in the rockface. A narrow wooden path leads residents and visitors from the western staircase to the entrance to the courtyard, and on to a small patio. In the evening, bollard-mounted lighting works to dramatize and highlight the myriad of leaf forms present in the garden.