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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.

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^ close-up of the allotment area plan

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^ what it looks like today

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^ the "it" sketch, when I found the shape

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^ the illustration plan

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^ 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.

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^ 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.

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

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The result:

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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
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