THE GARDENS OF CASA FARO
“Space, light, order. Are things that men need, as they need bread or a place to sleep“.
| Le Corbusier |
The design of the gardens of Casa Faro was developed after a careful analysis of the site-specific characters and landscape components, in accordance with the guidelines and objectives of the requirements for the Aegadian Archipelago Park and conducted with the advice of a botany and qualified nursery of Trapani.
The building, which insists on the lot, formed the architectural element around which functionally and geometrically organized the project of the gardens, recovering a traditional typological scheme of some historic Sicilian dwellings, where the building volume stands as the organizational center of gravity of tracked and crop and ornamental systems. The organization and the design of the plant essences create a specific dialogue with the context according to a strategy that emphasizes the visual east-west corridor, including the coastline and its interior territory, where are deliberately roofs lean against the stone walls, essences and shrubs that do not grow in height (teocrium fruticans, rosmarinus officinalis, alyssum maritima), while in the north and south sides of the rigging of stone fruit (almond) and moraciae (figs)
embraces the lot without altering the perceptive values of the landscape, since already there are trees in the medium stalk placed on the border to the north and, in line background, to the south.
The planimetry is designed by a pedestrian promenade north-south, parallel, and tangent to the body of the building on the west front, punctuated by a sequence of Quercus Suber axle shaft north and south. As well as functional reasons related to the rational handling within the background, easy to understand, this axis is actually as strong element of design value, the dividing line between two distinct types of agricultural landscapes and continuous, deliberately structured to “mediate” the varietas surrounding the lot in question. They are thus to create two agricultural areas and, at the same time thematic landscape: the most natural, to the east, characterized by florescenze and spontaneous and native Mediterranean varieties (Opuntia ficus indica, teocrium, Pistacia lentiscus, medicinal et stocheas lavandula, inula graveolens, limonium bocconei, euphorbia dendroides, cistus creticus, American agave, aloe vera, etc.) and the more agricultural and man-made, defined by a geometric sequence of reconstituted olive trees in the two quadrants belonging to the axis of the body of the building entrance.
Utilitas, delight, genius loci.
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