Archetypal Garden

IABR2014_project submission

IABR2014_project submission

Thoughts on the role of the garden in the future


The renovation of a XVIIth century palazzo in Treviso (Italy) led us to reinterpret the meaning of garden (or courtyard) related to a house, above all if situated in the historic center.
Very often in Italy it happens to deal with the historic heritage, but we tend to consider more the built spaces than the empty ones (gardens, courtyards). In this case the project involves directly inside and outside, and links both to the city. The project emphasizes the three partitions in which the gothic building plan was originally divided into, and projects them onto the courtyard making visible and using them to redefine also the garden space in three strips, crossing the ancient landscape traces – considered more as archetypes – recovered by antique iconography about this part of the city revealing the existence of open spaces designed according to the italian garden culture and sensibility.
In this way the garden becomes symbolic memory of the city lost heritage but also the way to redetermine it by means of experiencing it in the common life time, everyday, and expanding it in the collective imaginary urban landscape.

Through archetypes-recovering sensible design a green space can DEFINE and establish a new city experience in a sort of augmented reality, involving all the citizens when this is a public space as well as some of them in case of a private garden, like this.

As nature represents the great absent in last decades town ideal image, if not considered as urban furniture, nowadays behavior tends to recover its ancestral equivalence with human being. The project’s APPROACH tends to suggest how contemporary language in landscape design mixed with a newfound sensibility towards nature intended also in its symbolic local role could influence citizenship experience.

Water management (using waste water from geothermal system for irrigation and for water surfaces), use of a car lift in order to hide mobility flows, use of native plants and local materials, give origin to a MULTIDISCIPLINARY NATURE even in a small intervention in landscape planning activity, such as a private garden.

As the project area is a protected area, along the planning process the Superintendency for the Environment and Heritage played an important role in encouraging and IMPLEMENTING the project.

Designing nature by means of recovering the local archetypes gives new significance to urban life revealing the city identity and making that in a private garden and in some sustainable manners and in a certain multidisciplinary way STIMULATES to inquire if also garden design can aim to become a mean through which measuring the quality level in the future urban environment.  


project: MACHINA architetti associati

colllaborator: Rita Priore