From storage area to Renaissance garden: the Giardino Segreto in the Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände is garden artistry in the truest sense: entirely artificial and created by artists!

The model

The classic ‘Giardino Segreto’ is a product of the Italian Renaissance, a secluded, intimate garden, although clearly belonging to a villa, enclosed by walls and embedded in its landscape. Outside the walls is unplanned nature. Inside all is order, in the form of rigorously geometric beds, topiary hedges and sculptures.


Based on the Renaissance model, a new attraction was created in the Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände. On a former storage area site 130 metres long and 22 metres wide, artists’ group ‘Odious’ planned and built a modern interpretation of the ‘Giardino Segreto’. Behind a concrete wall, visitors are greeted by steel cubes and sculptures, lawns embedded in steel frames, benches with stone cushions and many other surprising elements that form a deliberate contrast with the unspoilt nature of the surrounding park.