Knox Garden

Minneapolis, MN

Built on a tax-forfeited lot, this urban garden is in a transitional neighborhood of Minneapolis where all fenced-in yards and graffiti are forms of “familiar” territorial marking. Knox garden marks its territory with multiple transparent enclosures defined by overlapping layers of differing size and color chain-link. Functioning all year round, the garden is used for both education and recreation; the project was constructed with cast-off materials and built with volunteer labor. Two end rooms are distinctly different in color and vegetation; one is warm and the other is cool. An unfurling plane of black mesh opens into the cylindrical space at the center where serpentine stonewall encircles an apple tree.

Design Team:
Loom studio (Ralph Nelson, and Raveevarn Choksombatchai)

Honors and Exhibitions:
Minnesota AIA Honor Award for the design of Knox Garden, Minneapolis, MN—1995

Progressive Architecture Citation Award, Knox Garden, Minneapolis, MN—1996

Design Awards, Knox Garden, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Variety Section: Design Award Review—01/12/1996
Knox Garden, Architecture, P/A Award Issue 05—01/05/1996
Liquescence, and Knox Garden, Design Culture Now, 1st National Design Triennial Catalog, The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Princeton Architectural Press—01/01/2000
Knox Garden, Dwell, Vol 2—02/06/2003