For several years Villa Arconati in Bollate has been involved in a restoration that concerns both the historic buildings and its splendid garden, a rare example at national level (probably also European) of topiary art in which carpinate, berceaux, espaliers and green rooms including the bearing system, still well perceived, of the landscape. In 2019 we were called to prepare the redevelopment project of the “large parterre” which is located in front of the South facade of the Villa to be submitted to the Superintendency. The project area is established by four large squares in the meadow crossed by a cross with vials in gray gravel and at the edges of which there are white Caprino trees (Carpinus betulus) pruned in an obligatory form (“a dancer”). The preliminary study phase is carried out starting from the analysis of the historical documentation available; in particular, reference was made to the eighteenth-century tables of the garden designed by Marc’Antonio del Re from which we developed an original design of the parterre interpreted in a contemporary key so that it was in a balance consistent with the current context. The result was a revitalized place in which engineered flower beds draw soft and curved surfaces within the four squares of turf at the borders of which the Carpini “una ballerina” have been preserved, thickened where they are missing. The works began in recent months with the leveling of the ground and the remaking of the lawn, followed by the laying of the curved metal curbs that separate the turf from the ocher yellow gravel, a color chosen to match the one of the facade of the Villa.
Project of PRR Architetti and Landscape Agronomist Paolo Alleva