Into the Hedge Temporary Landmark / SO-IL

Into the Hedge Temporary Landmark / SO-IL

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  • Architects: SO-IL
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  4500 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2019
  • Photographs
    Photographs :Hadley Fruits
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© Hadley Fruits

Text description provided by the architects. As one of the J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize recipients of the second edition of Exhibit Columbus, SO – IL took on the preservation effort at the Miller House and Garden and turned it into a temporary landmark for play in the city of Columbus, Indiana. The Arbor Vitae hedgerow at the Miller Garden is a modern icon of landscape and architecture. While the glass walls of Saarinen’s Miller House disappear – erasing the boundary between inside and outside – the densely planted hedgerow on the perimeter defines a hard edge to the site between the streets and the private grounds of the Miller residence.

Into the Hedge Temporary Landmark / SO-IL - Forest
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The 70-year-old Arbor Vitae trees are due to be replaced. It was an opportunity for a project to create a different and more engaging relationship with this modern icon. In partnership with the Miller House and Garden, SO – IL procured 130 living Arbor Vitae trees and placed them in a large hammock structure on the lawn of the Bartholomew County Courthouse.

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© Hadley Fruits

After the exhibition the trees can be permanently planted in the garden, making a direct link between the installation’s original architectural inspiration and a contribution to the stewardship of one of Columbus, Indiana’s seven National Historic Landmarks. The over-sized hammock is made by hand with nylon webbing – its color is taken from the color palette Alexander Girard developed for the dining chairs at the Miller House.


Through a partnership with Indianapolis’ People for Urban Progress, the net will go on to become a series of handbags and totes or even beach bags. For the other components of the installation simple off-the-shelf agricultural and construction materials were used to ensure that everything could have a life afterward.


The gabions, mulch, limestone, and stakes that comprise the planters and central pathway will all be recycled into local infrastructure projects. Committed to taking a critical approach to preservation and material use, “Into the Hedge,” temporarily re-organizes the elements of local construction and landscape as well as recognizable modern architecture into a memorable experience and a new landmark.

Into the Hedge Temporary Landmark / SO-IL - Forest, Garden
© Hadley Fruits

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Address:Columbus, Indiana, United States

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Cite: "Into the Hedge Temporary Landmark / SO-IL" 30 Sep 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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