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Estudio Ome:森林花园位于巴耶德布拉沃,距离墨西哥城2小时车程,这片生长着橡树林和松树林的地区以湖泊和凉爽的气候而闻名。 1.2公顷的场地上有一片退化的松树林和小草原,我们将在那里建造一座吊脚屋和一座凉亭。

Estudio Ome: Forest Garden is located two hours away from Mexico City in Valle de Bravo, a region known for its lake and cool climate where oak and pine trees forests grow. The 1.2-hectare site had a deteriorated pine tree forest and a small prairie, where an elevated house and a pavilion were to be built.


▼吊脚屋 The elevated house

© Diego Padilla


▼凉亭 The pavilion

© Diego Padilla


调研 Observations


The first observations were to understand how to inhabit the whole site and play with the scales a sloped forestland can give: to be able to take a long walk within the property, to see far but also observe the details a forest carries, to be able to grow food, have a diverse pleasure garden and a water reserve. Other questions were how to rightfully transform the existing ecosystem for a balanced cohabitation and how our intervention would help to regenerate the forestland and help the owners to read the environment they will live in.


▼概念草图 Concept sketch

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场景 Scenes


A series of glades were opened to inhabit the woods: a large planted terrace around the main house, a productive garden, a playground and an underwood entrance garden. Each of them is drawn by retaining elements that enhance the relation to the slope such as long stonewalls that mark the entrance steps, create a flat open terrace and define the circumference of a pool. The productive garden, hidden in between the trees, was built with woven branches which height is determined by the inclination of the ground.


▼主屋周围的大型种植露台 The large planted terrace around the main house

© Diego Padilla


▼多产花园 The productive garden 

© Diego Padilla


植被 Vegetation


Working with vegetation in the context of Mexico brings challenges on plant production and availability, but also recognition. The different planted moments in this project were thought as small ecosystems that enlighten native species and are complemented with medicinal or edible plants.  Seeds of local wildflowers were harvested to regenerate the site after the construction ended and to introduce this practice. The result allows the inhabitants and their guests to identify some of the plants and invites them to be curious about others – this hopes to contribute to the reappraisal of the regional flora.


© Diego Padilla


林下台阶 Underwood Steps


The entrance garden gives the atmosphere of an underwood with blueberries and ferns under new native oak trees. Long stone walls create three platforms where steps invite to a smooth descend towards the house.


▼林下入口花园 The underwood entrance garden

© Diego Padilla


房屋周围景观 Around The House


Around the house, a lush landscape was introduced to contrast with the brutalist concrete building. Climbers were planted to invade the small courtyards, and in the future hide the foundation of the house. Light catching species such as the American agave and fennel were used under the floating platform. The outdoor kitchen, under the shade from a protagonist oak, is surrounded by species that can be used for cooking. Following the architecture, the vegetation was defined according to exposure which varies from plenty of sunlight to obscure spaces. The roofs also received a lush vegetation giving more space for wildlife and flowers to live.


© Diego Padilla
© Diego Padilla


▼阳光充足的植物空间 Sunlight spaces

© Diego Padilla


▼荫蔽的植物空间 Obscure spaces

© Diego Padilla
© Diego Padilla


凉亭周围景观 Around The Pavilion


The pavilion, sitting at the edge of the prairie, is surrounded by a drought resistant mix, a sensible quality during the rainless winter season. The definition of this garden allows the unexpected to arise, which results in a surprising vegetation every season where wildflowers, hummingbirds and bees are to be found.


© Diego Padilla
© Diego Padilla
© Diego Padilla


多产花园 Productive Garden


Designing a productive garden challenges where and how far to intervene, as it is an intimate and sensitive space that mainly depends on the person in charge of its growth. Our position was to give a strong structure through a series of curved elevated planting beds. To accompany the soft drawing, a circle of fruit trees gives the limit with the forest to this hidden glade. The woven technique here is the fruit of a collaboration with a local association which was able to learn and develop the technique but also to advice on adequate species for the branches.


© Diego Padilla
© Diego Padilla


天然水池 Natural Pool


Found in the lowest part of the terrain, the pool is the ultimate glade. Thanks to a high stone wall, it gathers water from the heavy rainfall during the summer months and stores it for the drier seasons. The aquatic vegetation not only cleans the water for people to swim, but also creates a new ecosystem enriching the wildlife possibilities.


© Diego Padilla
© Diego Padilla


森林 Forest


At a greater scale in space and time, 60 young oak trees were spread out in low and open woodland areas in order to help the return of this native tree. As the existing pine trees declines, it was a great opportunity to accelerate a transition towards a deciduous forest.


▼平面图 Plan

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▼剖面图 Section

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景观/建筑公司:Estudio Ome
首席建筑师:Hortense Blanchard、Susana Rojas Saviñón
合作者:Rozana Montiel Estudio de Arquitectura、Claudia Rodríguez
摄影:Diego Padilla

Project name: Forest Garden
Completion Year: 2020
Size: 1.2 hectares
Project location: Valle de Bravo, Mexico
Landscape/Architecture Firm: Estudio Ome
Website: https://www.estudioome.com/
Contact e-mail: hola@estudioome.com
Lead Architects: Hortense Blanchard and Susana Rojas Saviñón
Clients: Private
Collaborators: Rozana Montiel Estudio de Arquitectura and Claudia Rodríguez
Photo credits: Diego Padilla
Photographer’s website: https://www.diegopadillaphoto.com/


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