Modernist Parterre (After Juan Gris)

We were asked to design this small triangular-shaped sloping site situated adjacent to the house.

The clients have a particular interest in art so I took as a source of inspiration the French gardens of the 1920's (such as Villa Noailles). The modernist Parterre (after Juan Gris) as a visual construct, consists of a triangular area with repeated triangular shaped yew blocks enclosing an area divided into rectangular spaces with a central tree as a focal point. Some rectangles are planted with a restricted plant palette, others are laid with aggregate, The parterre can be viewed from the first floor of the house. The brightly coloured blocks of planting are also viewed as a pattern or cubist painting from a distant small country road.
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