In Lampoon’s website, an article by Cesare Cunaccia entitled Ancient and Modern Hanging Gardens: history and evolution of an architecture in dialogue with nature, analyzes the relationship between living nature and architectural choices, from the myth of the towers of Babylon to Isola Bella, to Le Corbusier’s Beistegui’s Parisian apartment and Boeri Studio’s Bosco Verticale.
The theme of the hanging garden has always been connected to the unconsciousness of architecture, since antiquity. The examples presented take into account a wide chronological and international selection: elevated structures, placed above a flat or sloping structure, including the horti of Palazzo Piccolomini in Pienza or the Farnese horti in Caprarola; the park of Versailles and the fairy-tale ziggurat of Isola Bella – a park desired by the Borromeo family in the seventeenth century, in the heart of their feudal domains on Lake Maggiore.
Modern examples of successful integration of greenery and architecture include Milan’s Bosco Verticale, completed in 2014 in the Porta Nuova district, which is home to vegetation equivalent to that of 30,000 square meters of forest and undergrowth, concentrated on 3,000 square meters of urban area: 800 trees, 15,000 perennials and/or ground cover plants and 5,000 shrubs; a green curtain that generates an indoor microclimate without harmful effects on the environment, “regulates” humidity, produces oxygen and absorbs CO2 and fine dust.
To read the full article: https://lampoon.it/articolo/01/01/2024/giardini-pensili-antichi-moderni-architettura-natura/