MODERNIST PARTERRE - AFTER JUAN GRIS

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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 divided into rectangular spaces with a central tree as a focal point.  Some rectangles are are planted with a restricted plant palate, others are laid with aggregate. The brightly coloured blocks of "Cubist" planting can be viewed from both the first floor of the house and from a distance small country road.