?

Log in

Brf Lennart
 a_garden_path - (ulva)
 
11:00pm 05/09/2007
 
 
Ulva posting in A modernist garden community
As a first entry concerning this project this is massive. It's mainly because this is a short project (stretching over 2½ weeks) and I have been working rather fast. On to the project!

The task has been to find a suiting solution for a yard belonging to a tenant owners' society in central Lund. At present it's dominated by a massive common beech placed in the centre of the yard. Underneath the beech there's something growing that's supposed to be a lawn.

The housing complex is on the east side of the yard. The architecture is typical for its time; it was build in the early 1930's and is mostly modernist with some classicism influences still lingering. The façade consists of brown bricks and the carpentry has a dark mossy colour.

Opposite the house, to the west, there's a wall where three lindens stand. Underneath there's a rather wide flowerbed planted with woodland perennials. They are however not doing well due to the drought and darkness the large trees creates.

To the south there's a bicycle stand along the wall and also a compost corner. Between these there's a sitting area with a grill space. Towards the north there's a stretch of lawn where a large clothesline is hogging most of the space. Here there's a rather high but a thinly leafed hornbeam hedge marking the end of the yard. There's also a sitting area in Northwest.

Along the house there's a couple of trellises mounted on the wall were some climbers are trying to hang on for dear life.

Among the people living here there are several things that could create conflicts and schisms. One is the beech and whether it should be taken down or not. The other thing is what this may cost. There are two phalanges here. Those who want the tree gone (mostly people living with it virtually on top of them) and those who wants it to stay (those who have flats not directly in the shade of the tree).

Generally it can be said that those who want the tree to be gone are also those who have accepted that this project, creating a whole new garden, will come with a price tag. They are also the ones that can separate private economy from business economy and rationally can think around the concept of cost and expenses.

Those who wishes the tree to stay don't want anything to cost and actually don't understand that the society has a rather good economy and the cost for this change is to be seen as investing for the future and that the cost can be spread over several years, just like any other refurbishment needed.

When I had listened to peoples wishes I listed the key words:


  • new sitting area
  • making the space feel less like a cathedral
  • something for everyone
  • an orangery
  • natural materials
  • period
  • light
  • having light and shade creating interesting effects
  • something that catches the eye
  • art
  • water

I decided to take down the beech tree. People want trees but this one had outgrown the space and was already creating problems. I decided to spare the linden trees though as a screen towards the neighbouring yard to the west.

The next thing I decided on was that the geometrical feel needed to be broken down. I sketched a lot on various suggestions until I finally found what I was searching after. I found the inspiration in an allotment garden area in Denmark created by C Th Sørensen.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
^ close-up of the allotment area plan


Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
^ what it looks like today


Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
^ the "it" sketch, when I found the shape


Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
^ the illustration plan


Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
^ an illustration showing various shapes and hight on the ovals


They also wanted something "period" and an orangery that could lengthen the season. I don't really think they know what period their house belong to (some started to slur in to the arts & crafts department, something quite different from what the architecture and the time it was built in dictated), but in the name of education I wanted to really give this garden a modernist feel and yet satisfy the craving for roses and picturesqueness.

For the orangery I decided to go to the roots of the orangeries in this country. They were more like houses with large windows than the conservatories we see today that people call orangery.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
^ the orangery at Övedskloster castle that served as main inspiration


I wanted to give it a modernist look and came to think about the Malmö rowing club's club house, one of my favourite houses in Malmö.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket


I also took some inspiration from Arne Jacobsen's Bellavista in Copenhagen for this orangery.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket


The result:

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket


It's supposed to echo the house with a brick façade and the trellis/pergola framing the orangery is supposed to have the same colour as the woodwork on the opposite south side of the yard. In the trellis/pergola I want wild honeysuckle to climb, partly to give the building a more romantic feeling but also for the pleasant smell during summer evenings.

Otherwise I have decided to keep many features in the garden. The lawn will for the most part still be there, freshened up of course, the border under the linden trees will still be there but with new soil and some additional plants that will spark up that area. For the rose lovers I want to place a trellis along the whole wall of the house, a uniform looking feature, and let various climbing roses cover the lower part of the wall. Around the feet of the roses various perennials will be planted.

They wanted water in the garden. Now, there are small children living in this house. Babies. More are on it's way. A pond is out of the question IMO. What could be added is a birdbath on a pedestal. However, I haven't found one that I like just yet so I haven't added that to the plan. The art thing isn't solved either. Maybe I'll leave that one altogether.

ETA: I forgot to mention that during spring a large part of the lawn towards Southwest will have spring flowering bulbs.
mood: accomplishedaccomplished
music: Moby - Down Slow
 
    Post - Share - Link
 
The beta version
 a_garden_path - (ulva)
 
05:58pm 19/10/2006
 
 
Ulva posting in A modernist garden community
It has been strangely silent lately and that is because we have been quite occupied in finishing the thesis. To those who can read Swedish (or otherwise is curious) I give you
Skapandet av en modernistisk trädgård
the beta version in .pdf. On Tuesday October 24th we have the presentation and the final feedback and then the finished product is to be handed in on October 27th to the examinor. Enjoy!

ETA: I have pulled the whole thing out of here because it was the old version. Sorry!
mood: lazylazy
 
    Post - Share - Link
 
Plant list
 a_garden_path - (ulva)
 
06:06pm 08/10/2006
 
 
Ulva posting in A modernist garden community
I think I'm finished with the list of plants now. It's been a bit odd since I haven't been able to discuss every aspect of these plants since alli_akbar has been away but I still think I had to make the decision.

Remembering the advice from a previous teacher I have really tried to keep the number of species down. There are so many wonderful plants out there but what I need are plants which really enhances and reflects my ideas. The key features in this garden are:


  • serenity
  • contrast, not so much in colours as in textures
  • practicality
  • year around experience


Without further ado I give you the selected plants:

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Acaena microphylla

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Armeria maritima 'Alba'

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Bergenia cordifolia 'Bressingham White'

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Buchloe dactyloides

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Chionodoxa forbesii 'Pink Giant'

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Clematis viticella 'Alba Luxurians'

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Cornus sericea 'Farba' E

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Cotula squalida

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Deschampsia cespitosa

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Deschampsia flexuosa

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Galanthus nivalis

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Galium odoratum

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Gillenia trifoliata

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Leucojum vernum

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Microbiota decussata

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Narcissus bulbocodium

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Polygonum bistorta

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Polypodium vulgare

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
white-heart cherry (two variations for fruit on Prunus avium root stock)

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Prunus maackii

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Prunus pumila var. depressa

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Prunus serrulata 'Shogetsu'

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Pteridium aquilinum

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Thymus serphyllum 'Album'

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Tulipa turkestanica

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Valeriana officinalis
mood: accomplishedaccomplished
music: El fuego - Zen Men
 
    Post - Share - Link
 
More on plants
 a_garden_path - (ulva)
 
06:25pm 01/10/2006
 
 
Ulva posting in A modernist garden community
There has been a lot of talk about plants lately and in particular grapes. A visit to the botanical garden in Lund can spur such discussions. The Vitis vinifera 'Himrod' growing in the northern part of the botanical garden had grapes on them and after indulging some in those very tasty ones the inevitable question came... "Wouldn't it be something for the garden in question?" Horticulture people! Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Always looking for something to grow, preferably eatable things.
mood: tiredtired
music: Yazoo - Anyone
 
    Post - Share - Link
 
The writing process
 a_garden_path - (ulva)
 
12:01am 28/09/2006
 
 
Ulva posting in A modernist garden community
I have been struggling with the writing of why we have decided modernism needs a spotlight and the purpose of this thesis. It's a challenge to write something without becoming incredibly boring and academic beyond redemption. I'm not entirely sure I have managed to avoid it when I wrote about the purpose part. It has a distinct sense of dust around it to me. Now I'll let it rest and come back to it later with fresh eyes. I also went through what I have previously written because I need to rewrite all of that to fit all the parts together and I wanted to get a grip of the material. I started to write it separating everything, much due to the fact that I read the literature and collected data that way. Now I need to write the story out of that.

A superficial detail in all of this is that I decided on another font than Times New Roman. It's a classic but it's incredibly dull IMO and I don't think it fits a work about modernism. As always I went to Google and threw out the question which font would be the most modernistic. I got Bodoni and Helvetica as the answer. I have neither on this computer but I know them well and I decided upon Arial which is the closest I've got to Helvetica. The general text will be in Arial 12 pts. After sitting and writing in Times New Roman in 10 pts for so long it suddenly felt like the text became enormous! LOL! I don't anticipate any arguments with alli_akbar about this. Somehow it seems to be a bit beyond him...

It is midnight. I think it's time to call it a day.
mood: tiredtired
music: Depeche Mode - leave in silence
 
    Post - Share - Link
 
A peek at the creativity
 a_garden_path - (ulva)
 
06:48pm 27/09/2006
 
 
Ulva posting in A modernist garden community
5 hours later and I feel better about the situation. I sat down and finally made some drawings that eventually will become water coloured. I'll draw more of course but it feels good to have something (4 drawings/sketches) so far which I can bring on Friday to set moods.

Now I'll sit down and write some I think.






Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
^ My precious little worms


Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
^ How they'll look when "pierced" on the curved iron. I haven't really been thinking that much about how they'll be attached so far.


Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
^ Illustrating the northern part of the garden where there will be ferns and probably Prunus of some sort. Prunus mackii perhaps? They've got a nice bark (golden yellowish), they don't get a very heavy foliage and it is a tree which grows well even when the soil isn't very fertile (can you imagine the morning mist hovering among the trunks, a low sun shining through and the glittering dew on the autumn coloured ferns?).


Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
^ South west with it's cherry trees and Deschampsia (cespitosa or flexuosa) otherwise known as hair grass.


Again, the quality could be better if I had a proper camera. Alas! I have to make do with what I've got. I'll see if I can scan these on Friday though. :)
mood: creativecreative
music: Coldplay - Clocks
 
    Post - Share - Link
 
The queen of procrastination
 a_garden_path - (ulva)
 
01:20pm 27/09/2006
 
 
Ulva posting in A modernist garden community
Aye, that's me. I hunted down Ronja at school to get the key to the bike, went down town and paid bills, picked up a form to get some extra grants because I'm a poor student with a kid, I've bought some food, bought more water colour paper, a circles template and curved rulers, been on the phone with alli_akbar for 45 minutes talking mainly about things non-related to the thesis, I have cleared things up which was lying around in unmotivated ways (papers, sketches, discarded sketches, pens, pencils, crayons, garden magazines, books, crochet stuff...) and before you know it suddenly it's afternoon and I haven't done anything productive at all.

*sigh*

At least I'm not worrying about the bills now. And I decided that if I don't have all that much to show on Friday on the supervision, Allan has to take that because I'm not stressing myself to a sudden but inevitable breakdown with a full blown gastric catarrh. I'm eating Novalucol as it is to soothe things. It doesn't need to get worse.
mood: stressedstressed
music: The Misfits - Die, Die My Darling
 
    Post - Share - Link
 
A creative fluke
 a_garden_path - (ulva)
 
12:10am 26/09/2006
 
 
Ulva posting in A modernist garden community
That's the way to start a Monday morning I guess... I woke up with my head full of ideas early in the morning and I started straight away with the sketching and thinking. I have actually been thinking more intensely than sketching this time. Why I can't say but it's like I can visualise this place and the ideas in a different way then other places.

I have been thinking a lot about what kind of a feeling I want in this garden. I want the garden to get back its air and light first and foremost but I also want the garden to have visible lines binding it together and creating rooms. I have to admit that C Th Sørensen has had an influence on me when it comes to this garden. I'm not into creating oval rooms with hedges - a speciality of his it seems - but the ellipse is an appealing shape and I have tried it out on this garden in an attempt to connect the various corners of the garden. My idea is that if you pay attention you'll notice that there are shapes you can follow through the garden and of course you'd see it if you were a bird. It creates both something that connects everything in the garden but it also gives contrast.

There's been a lot of discussion about plant material so far too. I have been explaining what expression I want in a certain plant and then alli_akbar has given me suggestions and/or made some research on various plants. The writing isn't going well at all. Actually, I haven't written a line so far since last week. I just need to sketch and be creative right now which is a problem since the time table says we need to have the raw outlines of the thesis done on Friday. Well, Thursday really but we've got a logistic problem. The next two days we'll need to be in Malmö and that's when we need to use the laptop. The very laptop which won't accept any memory stick. That'd ok if I could use diskettes on my stationary PC. It's got a diskette station but something is wrong because it refuses to accept diskettes. This means I can't transfer information from the laptop to the PC. One further thing which complicates things is that I can't use a broad band cable on the laptop either so I can't go on-line and email it to myself from the laptop.

My only option is to use the diskette and bring it to Alnarp and print or email it from one of the campus computers. This is certainly a major complication. Oh yes, the computers in the housing collective where alli_akbar lives doesn't have diskette stations BTW. Another setback. Tech problems are annoying. Anyway, I'm not too keen on spending 50 SEK to go out to campus on Thursday afternoon just to email what we've got so far in writing for the supervision on Friday afternoon.

Back to the creative process. I'm usually not the ethereal kind of person who makes monochrome and fine tuned designs spontaneously just like that. This time I have been rather "ethereal" in my ideas though. It's almost like you could see the elves glide through the ferns under the trees in the early morning light. Now, it is very beautiful to create such things but there's got to be something which makes a contrast to that IMO or it simply becomes... too perfect. There's got to be some dissonant or you won't truly appreciate the fine tuned parts. This time I was struck by lightning when I was planning the said ferns in the early morning light (preferably in the autumn after the frost when they turn brownish red, the morning mist is slowly lifting as the sun is rising and the first rays shoots through the trees hitting the ground making you aware of the colour on the fern foliage still glittering with the dew...). I'm not very keen on fencing on this spot for some reason. Perhaps it is because it's almost got a claustrophobic enclosed feeling today. Somehow you've got to make some distinction between the road and the garden though.

I have an idea of 2 meter tall poles (not as thick as a crosstie but with the same feel to it) connected with twisted iron bars winding their way between these poles. On these iron bars I want to put little glass lanterns in the shape of worms. So far I'm thinking they should have an opaque surface with earthy colours which should give a pretty light when you put light in them. It would have been fantastic if you could have some electric light in them but I can clearly see the problem of changing bulbs here making that work. Fibre optics could be an idea to look into though... At this stage I'm thinking candle light though. I affectionately call them glow-worms anyway, about 40 cm long worm-shaped glass thingies glowing in the dark. Those who know me might get the slight bow to Firefly... You can't take the sky from me... In it's weirdness I know it'll be pretty and while telling everyone that here the garden begins it won't enclose the place or fence it in as a traditional thing would. Modernist? Well, if Dalí is considered modernist this most certainly is.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
^The sketch I had to draw to explain the shape and idea to alli_akbar Sorry about the quality but I have no camera other than the webcam...
mood: creativecreative
music: Zäpo - Född Kanonmat
 
    Post - Share - Link
 
Damn
 a_garden_path - (ulva)
 
02:49pm 21/09/2006
 
 
Ulva posting in A modernist garden community
Ok, the altitude is finished. And I realised I missed a few but not unimportant places to measure. Crap. And now it's too late.
mood: irritatedirritated
music: Raymond & Maria - Ingen Vill Veta Var Du Köpt Din Tröja
 
    Post - Share - Link
 
A conflict concerning creativity
 a_garden_path - (ulva)
 
01:47pm 21/09/2006
 
 
Ulva posting in A modernist garden community
Supervision yesterday. Went reasonably well. I have seen this supervision as something which marks the end of studying material and the true beginning of the creative process for me. Of course I have been thinking every now and then all while alli_akbar has bombarded me with suggestions. His obvious interest in this has been somewhat of a problem to me. I have a tendency to throw myself in the midst of everything and start with only the fun things such as being only creative but if I am to land this project without doing a lot of extra work and making the time limits I had to start in the right place - reading and learning first. I try to disconnect the creative side while doing that and concentrate on grasping the essence of the material so I can use it later during the creative process.

alli_akbar has come with suggestions all along though while I have tried to curb his enthusiasm a bit. It lead to a conflict yesterday when we realised how different we think. To me the creative process itself, when I finally sit down and draw various ideas and suggestions, is a very dynamic process. I try not to have any holy cows or darlings. I can start out in one end with a set of ideas and end up somewhere completely different. Then when the first draft is finished and I take it to the client in question I have to be open to ideas and suggestions that this person has. Perhaps I need to start all over again (not likely) but I have to be prepared to be flexible and make changes. Not until the garden is finished with its hard surfaces and plants in place it's a done deal. To be honest, not even then everything is final. A garden changes over time as well and my ideas has to give room for the owner to be creative if he/she wants to.

Now, alli_akbar got a bit worried because he usually think plenty at first before he sits down but when he does, there's not much room for changes and flexibility. He was worried that I was discarding almost all his suggestions, that I had my mind set on something and wouldn't listen. I do listen and I remember everything but it's not until now when I seriously sit with the pen in my hand that all impressions and thoughts come together. Some things will still be discarded, others might suddenly show up but in a different way. I try not to dig into details right now but draw the big picture, deal with connecting various places of the garden, try out ideas to create a homogeneous place which still is interesting with contrasts as well as similarities.

I have transformed the numbers and the data about what's on the plot into a map. I still need to calculate the altitude numbers I have and create the profile so we'll know just how steep the plot is. My estimation is that it's a total of about 5 meters difference in hight from the road down to the lowest point in the garden. Perhaps a little less.

Over night I have also started the real thinking process. I have been thinking long and hard, looking up various plants, searching for ways to express the idea which binds this place together. I'm a bit hesitant to wander off too far in this process though. Allan, our supervisor, suggested I could make several plans where I cold show how you could change the current conditions in different ways. One plan could be a total transformation and one could still keep some present features (trees, bushes and such). I know how time consuming this part is and I'm worried following that suggestion would land me in time difficulties. The 18th is closing fast - and there's plenty to write as well. And yeah, I have a Real Life as well. ;)
mood: calmcalm
music: Thåström - Fanfanfan
 
    Post - Share - Link
 


 
 
 
Navigation  
  Previous 10
 
September 2007  
 
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30
 


  Powered by
LiveJournal.com