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O'Donnell Garden / Estudio Caballero Colón

  • 01:00 - 23 July, 2010
O'Donnell Garden / Estudio Caballero Colón
O'Donnell Garden / Estudio Caballero Colón, © Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle de O'Donnell, 28007 Madrid, Spain
  • Architects

    Estudio Caballero Colón
  • Directors In Charge

    Paula Caballero and Diego Colón de Carvajal
  • Area

    1028.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

From the architect. At first, the assignment was the demolition of the cellars of the Madrid Regional Service of Health´s Old Building. However, the possibility of using this ground as a part of the nursing home “La Paz” led to the accomplishment of a small garden with the minimum possible elements and at a very low cost.

© Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

In our view, the garden, as nature manipulated by man, finds its beauty in a strange balance between the diffuse and diverse character of the nature, and the clearness and unity of the artifice. In designing the distribution of plants and paths, we looked for an intelligible organization in order to enhance that contrast. As a kind of enlarged graffitti, a series of blotches in different colors with winding shapes establishes in a clear way the three types of grounds: plantation, drainage and paths.

© Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

The plants were chosen in consideration of their strength (given the inclemencies of the weather and the urban contamination) and their low water consumption. For this reason our choice was: lavandula angustifolia, salvia officinalis, callistemon viminalis and festuca.

© Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

With the same purpose of fighting the deterioration of our natural enviroment, we tried to use as much as possible recycled materials. Thus, instead of the usual gravel under the reinforced concrete we used crushed recycled concrete; the necessary rugosity to prevent slippery surfaces when it rains was obtained by mixing the resin with recycled glass (which produces unexpected brightness and iridescence under the sunlight), and the dark gravel for drainage between the paths and plantation areas is crushed material of demolished roads.

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peter ward · August 25, 2012

I quite like this: http://t.co/0c0zbr0C #landscapedesign

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Space2place · July 25, 2011

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Silvy · July 26, 2010

Rare, estrange design.
I dont like.

Paula Lopes · July 26, 2010
Draft Dot · July 26, 2010

Beautiful, however, pure Burle-Marxism
As Warren Buffett says (in his 3-i theory, which applies for every field), there are 3 kinds of people:

1- Inovators
2- Imitators
3- Idiots

kent-shimo · July 26, 2010

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lina · July 24, 2010

Burle Marx is alive and I didn´t know...what a copycat

sandor · July 26, 2010 10:50 AM

Again the bullshit about copying thing .. So using these rounded shapes is only for 'Burle Marx' to do? I guess that people who make these remarks are not designers themselves, then you would know that there is a difference between 'copying' and 'being inspired by'.

Anyways, I like the design, have no clue about whether it is easy to maintain and am just wondering if there are also picture from within the park? As in the way the people would actually experience it.

Fran · July 24, 2010

Burl Marx is not dead

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Ana Maria Manzo · July 24, 2010

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SKINFLINT DESIGN · July 24, 2010

RT @jastrapko: Small Madrid Garden: http://bit.ly/9PGbPT - amoebic plan, sustainable plant and paving materials

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Galaxian · July 24, 2010

Amazing. But very hard for servicing.

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GLK · July 24, 2010

Somebody tell these designers that people do not always assemble in groups of exactly two. But maybe it's a moot point when the chairs are designed for aesthetic rather than ergonomic appeal.

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masanchezl · July 24, 2010

looks nice...there's a lot of Burle Marx style on the landscape design

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