Dedicated to the wives of two Former Governors of Dulwich College, the newly completed Memorial Garden is situated alongside the Grimshaw designed Laboratory building. The design of the garden continues the celebration of the relationship between the Sciences and the Arts which is embedded into the fabric of the Laboratory building in the form of the Peter Randall-Page cladding of terracotta tiles which are an interpretation the Lindenmayer system dragon curve fractal, replicating the algorithmic beauty of the natural order.
Sitting between the Laboratory and the original formal gardens of the Barry building, the Memorial Garden is an exploration of Voronoi tessellation, which can be thought of as a geometrical tool used to understand the physical constraints binding the organisation of biological tissues, natural structures and geological forms (such as honeycombs, the giants causeway and the packing structure of corn). The Memorial Garden is a physical representation of how human research is allowing us to understand these innate, natural geometric rules.
The Memorial Garden's paving pulls away from the formal, rectangular layout of the existing paving, disintegrating into a series of irregular convex polygons, closely reflecting the tensions within natural fragmentation patterns, from these tessellating polygons irregular extrusions rise up to form seating.
The garden will integrate the Laboratory into the heritage site and link the contemporary planting with the original Milner garden and wider site. The plants and trees have be chosen to reflect both the terracotta cladding and the detailing of the nearby Barry building.
The designer of the garden, Rachel Reynolds is a long-time local resident who has been a multi-disciplinary 3D designer and public artist and maker for over twenty years. Rachel has recently expanded her practise into garden design, graduating from the London College of Garden Design as Top Student 2016. Designing the Memorial Garden for the College enabled Rachel to integrate her previous experience of designing furniture for the public realm within the design of the garden.