The Garden of Earthly Delights



Name: Maria Stoykoska

Nationality: Russian

Instagram: m.stojkoska


Name: Maria Lepina

Nationality: Russian

Instagram: marie_31415


-EDITORIAL PICK of Community 2050 Competition | Category: Open


The Garden of Earthly Delights is the name of the new quarter that rises above IJPlein. The city grew and changed, residents created long horizontal green tunnels over their houses, the boundaries of which repeated the boundaries of the old quarter.

Apple Gardens became the main arteries of the new city. From these green apple tunnels, residents can get into capsule houses, or point offices, where many citizens now work. The old Meeuwenlaan highway, once busy, has now turned into a pedestrian boulevard with many terraces and galleries, which are located at different heights and seem to step over each other, interconnected by hanging sidewalks and moving stairs. The place began to attract digital nomads and creative people who dubbed this place the name Heaven 2.0.

Today we are lucky, everyone has gathered here to celebrate the 1600th anniversary of the birth of Jheronimus Bosch, who became the main ideologist of the new philosophy of the quarter. Look what crazy costumes, great mood, dancing to birdsong and apple juice! Everyone will find a place for himself, equality and harmony with nature reign here.


Welcome to the quarter! As any paradise has its gates, so ours has its own – this is a tower. This is the part of the bridge where you climb up, attending all sorts of events along the way. Here you can have a cultural rest, eat, enjoy the views of IJ, write a book, compose a song, sew an outfit for yourself, win a lady’s heart.


Not only communication, but also a large thermal pool with panoramic views. Favorite place for everyone who cares about their health. The locals say it is the source of eternal youth, who knows, maybe it is.


The snake tempter of the entire region is an eventful relief park. Inexperienced travelers disappear here for weeks enjoying lectures by contemporary artists, concerts by musicians and delicious dishes prepared by the skillful hands of bakers and chefs.


The boulevard dissolves into an archipelago of artificial terraced islands. This stunningly picturesque place serves as a kind of pier for new guests, so the quintessence of unusual semi-underwater spaces has appeared here.


The Tree of Knowledge is not here, but there is a large and up-to-date library for anyone hungry for knowledge. The spacious building with a panoramic view of the Noordhollandsch Kanaal pacifies the reader and allows him to focus on the essentials.


Hanging Apple Orchards is an artificially created multi-level ecosystem where the community is in contact with nature at all levels. Translucent grids are filled with gardens that act as corridors in this metabolic structure. Gardens lead to personal living pods, offices or public spaces. There is no clear functional zoning here, the functions are layered on top of each other creating a metabolic landscape universe inside the architecture. Apple orchards are beautiful at any time of the year, but especially in spring, when all the cells are filled with flowers and aromas, the bees buzz melodiously, and the locals hang hammocks to enjoy this action.

The first gardens appeared here when the period of epidemics began. In the fresh air and in open space, viruses are almost not transmitted. Therefore, people have created new safe spaces for themselves. Rising above the old quarter, the new, translucent one practically does not obscure the lower levels. Tiered gardens purify the air, absorb carbon dioxide and create a new ecosystem. And free-flowing mini hydroelectric power plants located in the river provide electricity to the entire block and pump water for gardens and pools. 

Perhaps someday you will be able to see a man-made paradise on earth, enjoy the singing of birds, the aroma of ripe apples, the coolness of fresh and clean air that blew on me today from the northwest.


# Safety and Resilience to Climate Change and Disasters # Social Inclusiveness and Community thriving # Urban Regeneration, Densification and Heritage Protection # Environmental Sustainability # Ecology and Health


Jury Comments

– Vicente Guallart

In order to convince the planet that we must act urgently to avoid the worst effects of climate change, it takes a unique storytelling approach. This proposal offers a unique integration of scientific and cultural necessity with theatrical whimsy, referencing mythology and the promise of a new world, resulting in a comprehensive proposal for a new urban vision.


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