The design of this private garden in Todi followed the approach by the designers of the house, centered on sustainability. The main building seems to emerge from the ground, which by arching creates a large sloping roof garden roof.
The choice of sustainability for the house involved the adoption of a series of technological devices, some even very bulky, to which the landscape project, developed independently at a later stage, gave a series of hard- and soft-landscaping responses. ". These two spheres of the landscape project seek a balance between the minimalist rigor of the architectural forms and the informality of the plantings.
By analyzing in detail, the solutions chosen, one can start with the fundamental aspect for a garden, that is, the water cycle. Strategies have been adopted for the reuse of waste water from the home by inserting - for gray water - a biological purification system that takes place by means of microorganisms. The cisterns located near the house in a particularly panoramic point were covered by a composite wood platform (boards of recycled wood flour mixed with polymers derived from recycled plastic), giving life to an outdoor living room. The structural support of the platform has been designed so that the tanks can be inspected through “invisible” hatches. For the purification of the waters, which do not flow into these cisterns, vertical phyto-depuration tanks have been installed, which use far less space than horizontal ones. Furthermore, this typology allows a wider choice of plant species.
The house is largely covered by a garden roof, a passive system that guarantees better acoustic and thermal insulation to the outside, thus achieving energy savings, as well as an important absorption of rainwater. The garden roof has been treated as a lawn representing the natural continuation of the lawn surface of the orchard in front. The roof has three “incisions” which form as many patios serving the bedrooms and which have been designed as intimate spaces with the use of wooden steps and permeable gravel flooring. A small terraced vegetable garden could not be missing in a garden of clients inclined to energy saving and sustainability. The latter covered with woven willow structures.
The choice of plants is based on the principle of using an ever-increasing number of native species starting from the heart of the garden and moving towards the surrounding landscape.