Nordpark Düsseldorf
– Garden Design of the 1930s


Prologue

 

 

 

 

 

Visitors to the Nordpark today associate it with its large axis of water, the Japanese Garden, the Aquazoo and the cheerful touches of colour provided by its opulent ornamental blossoms.

The Nordpark was created in 1937 as part of the "Große Reichsausstellung Schaffendes Volk" ("Great Imperial Exhibition of Productive People") and is an important example of garden architecture in the 1930s. Its underlying structure is formed by long symmetrical lines subdivided by cross-axes and landscaped garden areas.

New elements and a diverse range of activities for outdoor relaxation were added to the park after the war while its overall concept was retained.

A visit to the park begins at the impressive garden axis, which starts at the fountain with its jets of water, cascade basin and sophisticated flowerbeds, continuing along the flower axis with its scatterings of summer flowers, and ending at the profusely planted flower ring. This guides the visitor further into the rear areas of the park like a turnstile.

The Nordpark was particularly enhanced in 1975 when the Japanese community gave the people of Düsseldorf a gift of the "Japanese Garden on the Rhine". A garden with a waterfall, pond, picturesque rocks, azaleas, Japanese maples and trimmed pines was created on 5000 m2 in accordance with plans drawn up by landscape architects Iwakii Ishiguro & Son / Tokyo.