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Here’s a little project that didn’t get off the ground but was a fun exercise for a day.

Through a family friend I was recommended to Dan Nasta, who is an art collector here in Bucharest.  His collection varies from paintings and sculpture to many old Romanian artifacts.  He is a big fan of  Constantin Brancoveanu and is in the process of restoring the only remaining state house built by the Romanian ruler.   He intends to donate part of his collection there to be used as a museum.  He was looking for someone to design a 17th century Italian Garden for the grounds at Potlogi.

Needless to say I did not design a 17th century Italian Garden, but tried to combine aspects of traditional garden with a more contemporary approach.  While Mr. Nasta seemed interested in my proposal he believed that it would never be approved by the local authorities and that was that.

The design itself begins with abstracting of the traditional Brancovenesc column and using it as the geometric layout of the garden.  As with traditional gardens in the French and Italian tradition I used a central aisle with symmetrical arrangements divided into three segments.  What I introduced was a gradient of bushes that began at a height of 2 meters near the house and became shorter as they moved away.  Once they reached the center the paved area between them began to rise and become benches.  This was particularly useful as at the rear of the garden Mr. Nasta wanted to have a stage.

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