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.