Carlo Scarpa & Fernando Caruncho- water

In this post- we're having a short break in the next couple of weeks - I would like to speculate on connections between the architect Carlo Scarpa's and the garden architect Fernando Caruncho's use of water. This is prompted by an interesting post by an architecture student at Curtin University, Australia, blogging at architecture moves us. I am indebted to him for the use of the images below:

Here is his quote:

Born as Venetian, water is one of the greatest elements of Carlo Scarpa’s architecture. The cemetery is carved with a series of everflowing canals; sometimes flowing aside the path and sometimes within a pond surrounding the steps and pavillion.

This put me in mind of Caruncho's equally impressive, but more positive and sundrenched water parterres, large and reflecting to Scarpa's minimal but exquisitely detailed.

S'Agao garden
Caruncho garden

And in turn, there is something about how both these men imagine and build with water which reminds me of Calvino's meanderings in recollecting the city of venice...

"Kublai Khan does not necessarily believe everything Marco Polo says when he describes the cities visited on his expeditions, but the emperor of the Tartars does continue listening to the young Venetian with greater attention and curiosity than he shows any other messenger or explorer of his." So begins Italo Calvino's compilation of fragmentary urban images. As Marco tells the khan about Armilla, which "has nothing that makes it seem a city, except the water pipes that rise vertically where the houses should be and spread out horizontally where the floors should be," the spider-web city of Octavia, and other marvelous burgs, it may be that he is creating them all out of his imagination, or perhaps he is recreating details of his native Venice over and over again, or perhaps he is simply recounting some of the myriad possible forms a city might take.

Quote from review for Invisible Cities, amazon.com

Happy summer break, see you at the beginning of September.

Architectural Garden Design in Venice- Carlo Scarpa

Having posted some lovely examples of Piet Oudolf planting design for the Venice Architecture Biennale, we promised to show something from another hero, Carlo Scarpa, but in a totally different modernist and minimal aesthetic. Below are some images of this approach, that includes extensive use of hard materials, concrete, brick, stone, bronze and mosaic to offset the green areas in the design. The constant of Italian garden design since the Renaissance,  that is, the use of  few elements, grass, dark box or yew topiary and very few flowers, is reprised here in modern form.

There is little exhuberance in the planting, just  textures, shades of green and the use of water - all to deliver the sensation of cool and repose in the intense summer heat and humidity of Venice...

The garden of the Fondazione Querini Stampalia is well known, but good photos and text can be found in Gardens of Italy, by Ann Laras. Link included also on the sidebar!!

Thanks to iris and weyerdk on flickr  for their great images.

Garden Design

Modernist Garden

Carlo Scarpa, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venezia, 1961-63

Carlo Scarpa, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venezia, 1961-63

Carlo Scarpa, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venezia, 1961-63

Piet Oudolf Planting Design-Venice

For some time Esterni Design Parnership has been looking at the naturalistic planting of Piet Oudolf. The most recent examples, that fortunately for our Italian connections are located in Venice, were part of the Architecture Biennale. This post is dedicated to understanding more of the visual, ecological and environmental design principles that underpin Oudolf's work. Good to note he originally trained as an architect, so we feel he is an inspirational figure for the partners at Esterni, architect and planting designer.... So: enjoy the images below: note the colour of the building in the background of the first image and how it integrates with the planting scheme....

Imagine the surprise of encountering the wild planting in the middle of the very formal context of gardens in Venice! Our next post post will look at an architectural hero, Carlo Scarpa, and his restrained garden in the Fondazione Querini Stampalia.

giardino delle vergini_biennale venice

giardino delle vergini_biennale venice

giardino delle vergini_biennale venice

giardino delle vergini_biennale venice