Garden’s Architecture: The House of Pilatos
Today’s entry is not only to praise the wonders of this beautiful garden; this post is actually to make us think of the garden and the places we really want to live in. It is a window to your garden, your backyard, your park… It’s a thought to share and a reflection to be discussed. It is an example of structure, rhythm and light which reinforces the clear & clever dominance of men over the “sensible” world.
As a small “vergel” it rises in the historic center of Seville this Gothic-Mudejar Palace whose beautiful gardens are a reflection of the Renaissance ideas brought from Italy during the 16th century.
The garden is conceived as an outdoor living space, an extra room for the house that gives light to the magnificence of the palace. The rhythms of the building are transmitted to the garden through a set of wall extensions, steps and terraces, which determine its function and character. Loggias and porticos overlook the garden, making it an inseparable part of the house.
The design language emanates symmetries, perspectives, and concentrates visual lines. The paths are always straight and orthogonal to each other, compartmentalizing the garden with geometric determinism and guides the views to interesting focal points such as fountains and decorative motifs, wisely located, to break the formality.
The end result is a closed but harmonically organized composition, where every space is defined and nothing is left to chance.
Plants must contribute to this architectural effect, ensuring a permanent and final appearance, hence the use of evergreens. Shrubs are susceptible to be cut into geometric shapes to form hedges; and citrus trees appear as purely ornamental elements. The influence of the early 19th century Romanticism is clearly present by the introduction of exotic plants such as palms, magnolias, bougainvillea and cannas.
It is a wonderful example of a garden structure that serves the house and its uses, a place for conversation and study. A place of pleasure and everyday use, that seduces everyone who walks and sits within it.
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