Out of competition - Antibes Juan-les-Pins

A nap by the Mediterranean

Presented by the city of Antibes Juan-les-Pins

The nap, a pre-dream stage, is particularly important in the Mediterranean region.

The garden symbolises the bedroom, a resting place, an intimate place, which invites to dreams. The connection between heaven and earth is characterised by the three cypresses of Provence.

The window to the sea is bordered by the cypress vault. The edgings are materialised by plants grown in Antibes such as Strelitzia, Aspidistra, Clivia, Asparagus, Iris, Chamaerops. Potted vines recall the importance of grapes and pottery in the Mediterranean region. The bitter orange trees, in reference to the garden of the Hesperides, represent the nourishing tree with its golden apples. Olive trees, palm trees, oleanders, jasmine, lavender delight the surroundings with their fragrance of the Mediterranean soils.

The orange, blue and white colours that shape the layout have been chosen with reference to the colours of the Mediterranean sky with the ever-present azure of the sky, spiced with a generous orange sun and some white clouds. The pergola symbolises the shelter through the protective shade it projects. The wall of the inner flower pot uses the rubble of Sicilian tufa, a sedimentary rock created by the concretion of seashells and Mediterranean sand. Bright coloured deckchairs invite for relaxation.

This garden, although being unclosed, brings an intimacy in connection with Nature and plunges you in an ideal space for a relaxing…Mediterranean dream.

Realisation team

Garden designed and realised by the Green spaces Department of Antibes Juan-les-Pins.