A. Missaglia, S. Ambroselli, F. Cinelli
We have worked for a requalification project of a garden in the Tuscan landscape. The garden has a charming overview of the surrounding landscape characterized by spectacular formations of badlands, a view of Volterra’s town, woodlands and cultivated fields that change aspect every month. The garden, whose extension is about two hectares, is close to an ancient rural building, now undergone to restructuring in order to obtain a holiday housing complex. Since all the trees have been abandoned the first phase of the project requires the safety implementation by applying modern arboriculture techniques. The difficult agronomic characteristics that affect the area, (clayey soil, orography characterized by high slopes and summer drought) combined with the impossibility of reaching groundwater due to excessive depth, have bound the project phase to a preliminary identification of the most suitable plant species and have determined the need to install a phytopurification system of sewage waters to recycle them for the garden’s irrigation. The need to reduce the visual impact of the built complex and the infrastructures attached to it, safeguarding at the same time the exciting views that open from this stage on Volterra’s landscape, has been solved with the insertion of native arboreal and shrubby species. In conclusion the project of the garden requalification has been developed with the intent to preserve the spectacular views, to valorise the historical traces of the place, to favour the social cohesion among the different user typologies and to minimize maintenance costs.
Missaglia, A., Ambroselli, S. and Cinelli, F. (2010). STAGE OVERLOOKING VOLTERRA'S LANDSCAPE. Acta Hortic. 881, 367-371
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2010.881.55
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