National Garden Show Koblenz

Three pavilions for the BUGA

Beautiful flowers and perfectly designed landscapes are one of the features of a National Garden Show (Bundesgartenschau). At the National Garden Show Show in Koblenz, however, the focus should also be on sustainability issues, especially those related to the region. Koblenz is close to the German Corner, where the Rhine and Moselle meet. Our three mobile pavilions, which we realised after winning the competition, deal with how these rivers shape life in the region in very different ways.

A river as a guide

A symbolic river connects the three pavilions as a blue ribbon. Fishes and navigation signs accompany the visitors as leitmotifs along the way. The pavilions themselves consist of steel frames covered with a printed PVC foil. They not only take into account the temporary exhibition, but also refer to the flood hazard of the area. Inside, the walls are covered with printed panels. Atmospheric stagings and various interactive exhibits present experience-oriented themes around the river.

Pavilion 1: Life in the river

In the first pavilion, visitors literally dive into the river. The backlit ceiling of the room shows the water surface from below. Down here it is about flora and fauna in the Rhine. At listening stations, the fish talk about their living conditions. We are responsible for the quality of the water: how polluted are the rivers, what can each individual do and which major steps are there to protect it?

Pavilion 2: Life on the river

All right on deck! In the second pavilion, everything revolves around the use of the river: inland navigation plays an important role on the Rhine artery. The staging of a small guide’s cabin on a ship introduces the professional world of a skipper. Which rules and signs must be mastered, how many ships pass through the German Corner every day and what role does inland navigation play for cargo transport?

Pavilion 3: Life on the river

Floods continue to threaten the region. Local residents have to adapt to this and protect themselves as much as possible. A flooded living room is therefore staged in the third pavilion: Pictures on the wall show flood events, news are shown on television, people at an audio station report on their flood experiences. How do floods occur, what scale can they assume and what protective measures are there?


Project development

  • Coordination of partners and sponsors

Conception and scenography

  • Development of dramaturgy and main idea
  • Content development and exhibition conception
  • Media conception and storyboarding
  • Development of interactive exhibits

Design and planning

  • Architecture
  • Exhibition design and planning in all project phases
  • Graphics and guidance systems
  • Exhibits and furniture

Project information

  • Client: BUGA Koblenz 2011 GmbH
  • Execution period: 04/2011 – 10/2011
  • Exhibition area inside: 100 sqm
  • Exhibition area outside: 2.700 sqm


Contact person

Dr. Christopher Garthe