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Inspired by the piazza, the arno.botanicaline attempts to address the relationships of Garden, Arno River and Florence by providing a flexible steel skeleton to accommodate functional and seasonal changes. Extending the city side into the river side, the locus is kept to its thinnest for sunlight and views across the river. Along its length, it marks the natural growing cycle of plant life, as a sliding landscape revealing and hiding views of the river. In contrast to the fast speed of the Arno River, this linear experience is characterized by a slow path. It brings pedestrians to experience the river at different layers: vertically, from pedestrian level, to the river bed, up to an overlook to Ponte Vecchio; horizontally, with the play of flowing fabrics as a vehicle to shade each interior garden with specific climates. Breaks are imposed during this slow path, allowing for different urban functions and activities on the pedestrian level. In response to the ever-changing needs of botanical gardens and the Arno river, the structure is designed to be a datum allowing for more intense social spaces and urban ecologies to interchange throughout the year. Overall, this locus is a framework to absorb an endless series of further meanings, extensions and intensions.