Emanuele bortolotti - Ag&P greenscape
Emanuele Bortolotti is an agronomist and garden designer. Born in Milan in 1955, always passionated by nature and landscape, he graduated in Agricultural sciences and later specialized in garden architecture. He is one of the founders of studio AG&P greenscape, in which he is the sole director and the holder with Paolo Villa and Paolo Palmulli. For more than thirty years he practiced landscape design in Italy and abroad. In 2001 he was the first Italian who won the bronze medal as a designer in the international competition of Chelsea Flower Show in London with Grandi Giardini Italiani. Nowadays he’s teaching his discipline in different specialist course among which are masters in Politecnico di Milano. He is the author of the book “Il giardino inaspettato. Trasformare angoli di cemento in spazi verdi” published by Electa in 2011, with a new edition in 2015. On the occasion of Expo Milan in 2015 he was managing design and realization of external arrangements of Azerbaijan pavilion. He is part of the group construction management of the new public park “Biblioteca degli alberi”, in Porta Nuova Milan, in the role of specialist consultant for botanical and agronomic issues. AG&P studio – Garden and Landscape Architecture – was founded in 1985 in Milan by a group of architects and agronomists specialized in design of outdoor spaces.
In 2015 the Company changed its name in “AG&P greenscape”, which represents a synthesis of its results and, at the same time, the constant drive to develop new goals. The Studio works on different scales and different projects, such as private and public gardens, residential landscape design, green setting for the industry, tertiary and education. AG&P uses its expertise in tourism, recreational and agricultural projects, historical parks restoration and also urban landscape, public parks and urban gardens design. On the large scale it has been working on Green plans, recovery of degraded areas, development of new neighborhoods, mitigation and environmental compensation. AG&P partners, Emanuele Bortolotti and Paolo Palmulli, are very committed in publications and activities of university teaching and at the national School of specialization. Over the past 30 years AG&P has been operating on most of the Italian territory and in a lot of foreign countries, developing the composition of its team and its consultants. The landscape projects are designed with great attention to the feasibility, sustainability and construction details. AG&P’s work is characterized by handicraft care: essential aspects to achieve concrete and excellent results. In 2017 it opens a new office in Turin.
Four Landscape Architects have influenced me the most, each one on a different scale: for the landscape Frederick Olmsted, for the urban design Roger Halprin and for the garden design Russel Page and Piet Houdolf.
I have to mention three gardens
– Il Giardino di Ninfa in the territory of Cisterna di Latina
– Il giardino della Minerva in Salerno
– The water Garden of Monet in Giverny
Captured by Nature
Building on existing structure is more complicated than building from scratch. In this garden on Como hills, the villa is placed on the edge of a large private park. During an initial garden rearrangement, AG&P greenscape has realized a pond of natural character. The pond was built in the lowest point of the property, as a perfect solution to resolve and exploit a natural water accumulation. The new client request was to place a large swimming pool, fully equipped, with a permanent covering, usable throughout the year. The challenge, far from simple, was to insert in the large garden, a structure that could contain the new pool without compromising the landscape.
The collaboration between the landscape designer Emanuele Bortolotti and architects Gianmatteo Romegialli proved success in the idea of working with the garden, integrating the new architectural element as an underground pavilion. Perfectly inserted in the landscape, hidden from the house, this solution allowed preserving the view on the surrounding garden and the forest.
To increase the integration between Nature and the new structure, the project aims to strongly connect the pool level with the pond, expanding and improving it. The choice of materials follows this idea of integration, with a gradual change from the artificial to the natural. From the structural concrete, to the stone walls, towards the wooden walkaway to the renovated pond, this gradual change reveals the tight bond between Architecture and Nature. Where at first was the pond, there is now a natural lake featuring the rocks, reeds and real life. On slopes it is tenuous, uniform patches of evergreen shrubs alternate with just few blooms. Near the pavilion stringer tonalities of perennials stand out among the grasses and the ash grey wall.
The Flying Forest
The ‘Flying Forest’ is an amazing and scenic installation that is located inside the entrance hall of the Allianz Tower, designed by Arata Isazki, in the CityLife district in Milan. Conceived by Emanuele Bortolotti, of the AG&P Greenscape studio, and realized by HW-Style, the ‘Flying Forest’ represents an ode to nature, its regenerative and procreative power, and a warning to sustainability issues for the environment.
The client’s request was to create a set up on a green theme for the entrance of the Allianz building. The idea of a more classic and merely decorative solution was immediately discarded. The proposal became the opportunity to sensitize people to the themes of nature through the use of an engaging scenography.
Hence the proposal started from the infinitesimal dimension of the seed, as an element able of continuously generating and regenerating Nature and life, to create a light and flying forest. The five trees of Bucida Buceras are housed in large and symbolic ovoid-shaped white seeds, which contain the principles of plant life: earth, water, and mineral salts. They and are suspended at different heights in the large bright space of the double-height entrance of the tower, supported by a system of thin and almost invisible cables, which make the setting even more surprising. The installation was built over just one weekend. The choice to use a few essential elements was adopted to make it as light as possible even in terms of construction.
However, the ‘Flying Forest’ was also an opportunity to rethink the theme of the brand landscape more actively and sensitively. Responding today to the issues of the environment and the nature that surrounds us is a new important challenge for both the architects and the clients.