On this terrace located in the Horta district of Barcelona, we have made a unique project of Japanese inspiration fused with various elements of retro aesthetics.
The main idea, which is repeated in the different structures that make up the space, is the great wave of Kanagawa, by the artist Katsushika Hokusai, symbol of excellence of Japanese art. This, of golden proportions, is a reminder of the weakness of the human being against the force of nature.
The vegetation, chosen for its low water requirements and architectural bearing, evokes with its shapes and colours the foam of waves, algae and jellyfish. We have created the whole set from scratch, so all the elements and details are exclusive and made to measure, so as to transport us to an exotic, idealized and past/ foregoing place.
We have built different structures in the estate agents’ offices Colonial in Sant Cugat Nord, our objective is make our environment more natural and greener, improving the environmental quality for the workers and the biodiversity.
The first thing is a butterfly shelter with more than 6.000 Mediterranean native plants, which attract and feed around 25 different kinds of butterflies.
The others are different structures that combined wood and vegetation like planter-benches and platforms made of alive willows, where the workers can relax and do jobs out in the open air, enjoying the environment where the native fauna founds shelter and food.
This work is being made with the collaboration of World Nature Foundation and the landscape artist Marc Grañén.
The Opisthocomus hoazin is a tropical bird that lives in the swampy areas that surround the Amazon. It’s beautiful to see this slender bird, with his incredible blue face, red eyes and his serrated crest. A big show.
We are starting this Project with the idea of creating an elegant and dense space to recall this beautiful and amazing bird and the environment where it lives. Taking into account the specifications of the client (a well-known clothing designer), and the limitations of space, we created a small jungle with broadleaf species, succulent plants with reduced maintenance, and a spectacular seasonal flowering.
To finish dressing the garden, we introduced different aquatic elements, as well as, a planting pattern taking into account the owner´s designs, setting a pattern of straight lines that will be blur in the future thanks to the lush growth of the plants.
Great vertical garden made with Marc Grañén and Tierra Paisajismo, for the T.V. show Masterchef. This has been and intense project, fighting against time, but we feel very satisfied to know that it’s been a job well done.
We installed a green wall in the main set that looked like a great organic curtain; it was formed of ferns and other edible plants. The program’s logo appeared in the centre in a vibrant red colour.
As a dessert complementary jardinières with “delicatessen” of moss, orchids and some carnivorous plants.
Once the recording was finished, we gave all the structure and plants to Madrid Town Hall, so they could do small projects in the city’s schools with them.
-A perimeter wall around the area. -Are we looking for something strong? -Yes -Then, let’s painted in red!
This primary colour recalls passion, life and attraction, just like Luis Barragán’s work, Mexican reference of the landscape design and arquitecture. As our little tribute to this myth, we are betting on the strength of succulent plants like Agave, with tropical kinds that adapt themselves perfectly to our climate, like Philodendron, and little treasures like Echeveria.
To finish, flower beds with dark gravel to emphasise the colour and the consistency of the wall. Yes, red.
This project was carried out in Moscow by an international team, with the propose of designing pleasant and attractive environments, in a luxurious spa/gym introducing organic elements in the different areas.
For this challenge we chose green preserved lichen walls, that provide texture and colour, inside plants, natural ones, as well as, artificial, “light stones”, branches with projections of video-mapping.
We did a variety of different performances inside a large building divided in three floors, where the most important thing was to make interesting areas, so as to have a common thread among all the different rooms and places, taking the customers throughout the whole building.
Take the landscape inside. A Japanese concept, near the Mediterranean. The customers of this project have the beach very near from home, so in this situation we chose to copy the outside scenery, the vegetation, soil and rocks, a very light design, that would give us a glance towards the outside. We worked with a local quarry and garden centres, so we could get the gravel and rocks that we needed, as well as, the botanical selection of grasses and different types of small succulent plants. To make up for the smooth movement of the grass, we contrasted it with the strength of rustic railway ties that helped us to define the paths inside the space.
Lush, thick, tropical, leafy and wild. These were the instructions and thanks to the coast location we dared to put Dicksonia and Cyathea treefern, palms like Syagrus, and different species of giant leaves like Alocasia and Strelitzia. The bigger the better.
We formed the main structure with these plants and we complemented the medium and low stratum with different measurements of curved leaves. We decorated the bath area with succulent plants and grasses like Zoysia.
We are talking about a small botanic garden in the middle of the city, fresh in summer and always green, with very low cost maintenance if we compare it with any type of lawn. Shall we change ?
The slope in this space is divided in two big terraces by impressive rock walls. Firstly we reorganize it in different areas depending of the future usage and maintenance of it. Secondly, but as important, we wanted to smooth out these barriers.
To obtain this effect we help ourselves with the lightness of the different grasses, planting our ‘header creeper’, Ficus plumila, and wherever possible introducing small succulent plants.
We built triangular wooden flooring, with big unpolished slate slabs to clearly indicate paths and entrances. The vegetal kingdom embracing the stone.
The first stage of the Project is based in the landscape cover, that we have created over the garage of a private house in one of the most luxurious areas of Barcelona. Taking into account the few centimetres of substratum that we had, we manage to work with plants with a non invasive root system, and thinking always in the esthetical of the utilized materials.
Black gravel, combined with big slate slabs to magnify the shinny colours of the lush plants that make the main attractive of the space.
We have put big stones like natural sculptures to break the linearity of the slabs and to help us to build new spaces for our courageous plants.
With substratum, without, vertical, horizontal… no limits.
Two colours and one space. Straight lines and plants that adapt themselves to them. Our main intention for this project: Organize in a steady manner, linking together organic materials like Phormium and Cordyline with other hard ones like the slabs and the big cubic planter.
First appearance of illuminated canvas, with our own tribal design. We use them to favour the privacy, delimit the space and at night to show the way to the bathroom area.
Tinted wood ”wenge”, river pebbles in a formation that climb over the tide of dark gravel. Shades and light, white and black.
Special order for the office of one of our customers in Barcelona. Joint work with Marc Grañén. The only requirement was to have some plants, otherwise, total freedom. That is what we did. We planted a surrealistic scene, like images lost in a dream when you weak up. The mutation of the birds in prawns that fly out of their cage, deserted, declining and expired.
A new concept of performance with the objective of creating a link between culture, art and nature, making the public realised the need of living together with nature, greenery, find oneself, being aware that the environment that evolve us is alive.
A symbiotic show, adaptable to different places like a theatre or an international macro festival. It is a great live exhibition of fire, colours, plants and music. When the show is finished all the vegetable material is given to sustainable projects.
Marc Grañén, a landscapist artist, had the original idea, Joan Font of Comediants was in charge of direction and Simbiosi Estudi collaborated in the project.