Parks and gardens

Castell de Peratallada, Girona. Spain

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A garden in carved stone

Mesura arquitectos

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The fragility of a setting comprised of magnificent medieval resonances has been addressed with sensitivity, discretion and respect for the existing constructions and landscapes in this project for intervening on one of its internal courtyards.
The village of Peratallada, situated in a secluded part of the Baix Empordà region, has a new landmark thanks to a project for a garden and pool carried out inside one of its magnificent courtyards. Peratallada, the name of which means “carved stone”, is one of the country’s unique medieval enclaves, crowned by a magnificent castle comprising several buildings that share a common courtyard.
The categorical respect shown for the history of this place and the use of locally sourced materials are the starting point for a project that had set out to use the existing reservoir and the three levels that act as a hinge for a complex topography, thus completing the adaptation of this intervention in a fragile landscape setting.
In the vicinity of the residence, a beautiful hundred-year-old acacia stands as a counterpoint to the horizontal character of the project.
White travertine marble of Turkish origin, the principal material used in the project, colonises the three levels of the terrace with pieces recovered from the surplus of another project, in another village of Girona province. This recycled origin imposed on the project’s authors the need to work the material in reduced pieces of different sizes which required a laborious break-up approach.
The pool, clad in whitish microcement similar to travertine, retains in its reflection the vestiges of the medieval past and of the surrounding nature and brings peace to the place with the constant sound of the water overflowing one of its longitudinal sides, falling as a cascade into a channel situated nearby.

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Localización Location: Castell de Peratallada, Girona. Spain. Autor Author: MESURA. Carlos Dimas Carmona, Jordi Espinet Roma, Benjamin Iborra Wicksteed, Marcos Parera Blanch y Jaime Font Furest, arquitectos. Promotor Developer: Grupo Decô. Constructora General Contractor: Burgos Gasull. Ejecución Completion: 2015. Fotografía Photography: Salva López.
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Pavimento de mármol travertino: Kendra Espai Creacions
Salva López