Landscape Architect, within her studio she develops projects dedicated to the most transversal and interdisciplinary forms of contemporary architecture and landscape. She’s a winner of numerous competitions for the design of public areas and for the redevelopment of parks; since 1991 she has owned a studio where she deals with architectural design (interior and exterior), parks and gardens, environmental and rural restoration, public and private spaces.
She’s famous for having developed “Landscape Forniture”, a very successful line of artificial hedge furniture, a line of natural willow furniture “Nidi d’uomo” and “Fedora”. Her creations are published in Italian and international books and magazines and have been selected and exhibited at three editions of the European Landscape Biennial in Barcelona.
Since 2000 she has been teaching courses about “Outdoor Design” in collaboration with various schools and universities, including Poli.Design, Istituto Marangoni, Fondazione Minoprio, Scuola Arte e Messaggio di Milano, Italian Design Institute, Accademia di Brera and she has been teaching in professional training courses with AIAPP, at the Order of Architects of Milan and Varese.
In 2007 she published her first monograph “Landscape Design” edited by Lucia Valerio (Electa Mondadori) and in 2012 the second, “Contemporary Landscape” edited by Luca Molinari (Skira).
Since January 2013 her blog “Paesaggi” is online on the website “Casa & Design” of the newspaper “La Repubblica”.
In April 2016, the work Nidi d’uomo was selected to be exhibited at the Design Museum in Triennale Milano in the exhibition called “W-Women in Design”, conceived and promoted by the Director of the Triennale Design Museum, Silvana Annicchiarico.
My point of reference for landscape architecture is Jacques Wirtz, a renowned Belgian landscape architect. His innate ability to read the place allowed him to exploit all the potential of the plant world, giving new and different interpretations every time to each project. From him I learned the essential points related to the landscape projecting.
The garden that changed my life is in one of the most interesting and attractive places in the world, Les Jardins du Carrousel in France. I studied this garden on books but when I got there it allowed me to perceive a hidden intimacy, a quality of space guided and punctuated by visual sequences. Each specific element used in this project creates a unique atmosphere.
In the context of an historical private property of the 16-17th century placed at the foot of the Castle a country street did separate neatly the castle from the underlying buildings. This space is characterized by a very steep ground and thus it is not accessible. After having listened to the requests of the client, we have inspected the site and after careful cleaning and pruning of the vegetation we have found again the original structure of the park, emphasizing once more that nature transforms the places, but at the same time preserves them, so that hidden treasures can be taken back to light. The renovation of this place started from joining again the landscape between the castle and the other buildings. Thus, we did provide new value to the pre-existing structure that was in a state of abandon, and put in evidence again the trees. The project, agreed upon by the client, managed to give back to the site the flavour of an historical place
Farmhouse in Monferrato
In the hills of Monferrato, a family willing to remain in contact with nature asked us to unify again this abandoned site with the surrounding landscape. A new hypogea architecture was thus conceived by us with the goal to host the agricultural activities and to give more weight and visibility to the terrace in front of the farmhouse. The green carpet of the terrace was entirely placed on insole. All around we have planned vegetable gardens, orchards, hazelnut groves, olive groves and a swimming pool infinity 16 meters long. Clouds of varieties of expansive Gramineae, together with verbena bonariensi ed Echinacea purpura, surround the various terraces, providing a comprehensive view without limits between the new project and the surrounding landscape.
Dominio Bagnoli, Padua
In an ancient Brolo (i.e. vegetable garden) of the 17th century, near the Goldoni’s Green Theatre, old wineries and church lives a family that was able to develop methods of wine production more and more advanced. Inside the Brolo a new natural enchanted forest was required by the client, being useful both for the biomass heating system and the nesting and feeding of water birds that lived in the adjacent water space. The implementation of the forest was carried out by mean of methods of reforestation from the Forestale, thus using very small plants with naked roots, necessary for a fast growth, vegetation turnover and the production of timber.