Via Giulia, Rome, Italy

Pairi-Daeza

Client: Camedilizia - CAM. S.r.l.
Architecure: Diener & Diener
Period: 2015 – 2017
Surface area: 4 230m2
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On Via Giulia, a new “Pairi Daeza” (paradise) garden invites locals and visitors to enjoy a lush Roman garden. The garden has the feel of a one that has been there for centuries, forgotten and partly neglected, with old trees and overgrown vines, and a water basins full of plants. It is an old garden rediscovered, newly accessible to neighbors and visitors, but still a well-kept secret and thus part of the long story of Roman gardens. It is reminiscent of the quieter areas of the Farnese Gardens or the remote parts of the park at Villa Borghese. The garden has both an internal and an external story. From the outside, the garden is an elusive world amidst the busy, hot city - a promise of lush vegetation and quietness. Large tree canopies reach over the garden wall while climbers and ramblers seem to be escaping the garden. Through their height, the tall trees on Via Giulia help to repair the street by connecting existing building facades. On the Tiber River side, the tree canopies announce the garden from the bridge and create a green setback along the river promenade. Inside the wall, the garden reveals itself as a vibrant and diverse environment. It is organized in three parts: atrio giardino , frutteto, and giardino segreto .The atrium is on the same level as Via Giulia and its large water basin acts as gathering space for the whole neighbourhood. From here, steps lead up to the orchard, where rows of fruit trees stand on stepped terraces. Finally, the secret garden is on the highest part of the garden, where a wild mix of trees, climbers and bushes surround ancient ruins. A winding path leads the visitor through the rolling topography. People may sit along the terrace walls, or on the chairs and benches. Areas of shade with the gentle sound of water flowing at the fountain create beautiful moments to meet others or simply sit in contemplation.