The state office of the executive organisation of the Ministry of Education (DUO) and the Tax Administration in Groningen rises from the landscape like a giant, white sailing ship. The building, standing ninety metres tall, dominates the entire surroundings. With the exception of a couple of old giants, all trees are dwarfed. LODEWIJK BALJON landscape architects brought back the human scale by designing an ecological garden around the building, in which safety is central. Multi-stem trees with a natural look give this city garden an atmosphere and experience.