We got the inspiration from our geography, enviroment and native flora. We wanted to enrich the landscape without tearing the beauty of the place. This zone is known by it's rocky hills, the mediterrenean continental dry weather which gives us the different textures, shapes and colors that influence the whole project. This project is based on preserving the harmony, simplicity and warmth of the landscape.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The project principal objectives were to minimize the use of water, by planting native species and plants with similar characteristics, and to embrace the beauty of the natural environment and landscape. We used the existing stones, angular shapes and various textures, and the verticality was expressed with bamboos. We also made the mediterranean architecture of the house design be congruent with the exterior using orthogonal guideline concrete blocks for the house entry. The water mirror connects the house with the garden giving strength, harmony and peace like the nature of the surrounding environment.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The project attempts to combine a modern, linear, orthogonal section, with a softer, natural and organic section and can be divided in two levels. The first level has an extensive water mirror and footpath that connects linearly to the upper level, where we meet with existing rocks and soft, mossy mounds. We also find a row of bamboos on the upper level, helping to connect both areas.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Project was constructed in Remanso de Las Condes, Santiago de Chile.
The protect started in October 2008 and finished in January 2009.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
To elaborate these project we used Envirogrid whose function was to hold the sloppy rocky terrain, and to insert the bushes and plants selected. To have a low consumption of water we designed a watering system that could be programmed using solar and/or grid power.
Horizontal elements are incorporated such as the water mirror that was made in concrete and is surrounded with gray gravel. We used a filter to maintain the transparency of the water so people could see the stones at the bottom of the mirror, that were part of the hill before the house was built. The verticality was given by the Bamboo trees.
In the house's garden mosses and creeping plants were used to the cover the natural and modelled slope, unifying the whole set with ornamental trees like Ciperus Alternifolius, Acer Palmatum and Lagerstroemia Indica.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
550m2 landscaping project.
Water mirror at the entrance: Distinctly angular design made of concrete with the following dimensions: 7m long, 1.5m meters wide and the depth is 40 cm.
The orthogonal prints used on the entry are made in concrete 2m long x 0.5m wide.
In the backyard you can find thick railroad planks on the ground 2.70m long x 0.2m wide. Perfect natural, not identical shaped stones.
Angular shapes and various textures.
Milestone as guideline to the terminating flowerbed.
Grey Gravel Island and Sandstone footpath.
Large pre-existing stones.
landscaping, garden, home, home garden, modern garden, modern landscape, architecture, backyard
This Project is based on preserving the harmony, simplicity and warmth of the landscape. The design allows the colors and pattern to be one with the terrain. It puts together the natural forms with a soft and coherent intervention of the land forms.
The focus of the proposal was to incorporate the local habitat in the design, using the native species Acacia Caven and different ground textures. The set finishes off at one of the model homes of the condominium, within which the outside lines are continued, adding pure and orthogonal guidelines to the model the landscape.
Research background: Literature on native flora.
"Suelos de Chile": Authors: Walter Luzio L., Manuel Casanova P., Oscar Seguel S.
"Flora Silvestre Zona Central": Hoffmann, Adriana
"Mediterranean Gardening: A WaterWise Approach", Heidi Gildemeister
The biggest challenge of this project was to minimize the slopes and use them as part of the design. As the project was being constructed, we found huge stones that we integrated into our plan, enriching it. Due to the mediterranean dry weather, water was a challenge that needed an extraordinary plan to minimize it's use and watering all the plants based on their own needs.
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Photos: Italo Arriaza