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With Paghera modern architectures and luxuriant green spaces coexist in a perfect balance and make the most of each other.
This villa was built with a strongly geometrical profile, drawn with corners and edges, with a central cylindrical tower. The white walls space out with copper coloured covering and big glass doors or windows, identifying a modern and well-ordered style.
The garden, Paghera drew and carried out, is the counterpart of this structure, trying to find beauty precisely in the strong contrasts which are created. Lines are soft and natural and it is possible to notice that, in the drawing of the paths next to the house; in fact, they are drawn not with right lines, but with continuous curves, as if the garden cuts out its space on its own.
Shrubs and scrubs follow this philosophy, too, creating a natural, spontaneous place which is, however, extremely balanced and considered.
Different varieties of plants were chosen for this garden, such as gleditsie, iris and gauree, which mix with a specific selection of grasses to create an effect of volume, but also of lightness and movement. It results an effect which livens up the structure itself of the villa, by making the fixed geometrical lines be lighter and softer together with the heavy and angular building.
The collections of never ending plants and grasses as well as the several essences seem to be spontaneous and natural, but, as a matter of fact, they are the result of a careful selection, of years of experience; consequently, in each season of the year it is possible to enjoy new colors and scents, new emotions.
Some essences were also specifically chosen for undergrowth and the shadow areas, such as the boxes of buxus near the entrance. Flower pots were covered by the essences themselves while the different layers of the land were levelled, still in order to make the general structure be lighter.
Borders were hidden by scrubs, by bamboose and by high stem plants such as oaks and willows. Hiding the garden boundaries helps in making it seem to be wider and, at the same time, cosier. In fact, it makes it impossible to see the nearby buildings and, obviously, to see inside the villa.
Paghera studied also the areas connected to water. An ornamental pool was designed, it cuts the garden into two parts thus implying a geometrical element which links to the architecture of the house. The swimming pool, in the backyard of the villa, is also geometrical, a white and rectangular pattern which follows closely the modern style of this structure.
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