Esprit Méditerranée au Parc de Sceaux A taste of the Mediterranean
in a Parisian suburb

Vue plongeante sur le Parc de Sceaux. Une résidence moderne qui appelait le contrepoint. Une forme d’évidence à convoquer Cézanne et Matisse pour faire émerger senteurs et silhouettes du Sud, clin d’oeil à l’expérience méditerranéenne des Maîtres d’ouvrage et du paysagiste.
Nestled in a quaint suburb of Paris, this garden characterises the Provence landscape that captivated Cezanne and Matisse: A land in the South of France,
where the strong sun bakes the earth, and the land is a beautiful patchwork of dark green dancing grasses and silvery-grey foliage.

 

Clin d’oeil à la propriété corse des propriétaires, ce jardin sur les toits emprunte autant qu’il réinterprète le paysage du maquis. Les cyprès, lavandes, oliviers, figuiers et autres arbousiers deviennent les compagnons du jardin régulier et même romantique : roses, ifs en topiaires, graminées dansantes, salicaires. Le maquis revisité. The owners wanted their terrace to remind them of their house in Provence as well as to extend the views of the apartment towards Parc de Sceaux, whilst masking the view from the neighbouring houses. With all this in mind, we designed a garden perfumed by aromatic lavender, rose, arbutus…
bringing the maquis, the typical Mediterranean shrubland, to Paris.

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On the main side, facing the apartment: the ‘Mediterranean terrace’, is in contrast to the classicism of the nearby Parc de Sceaux. On the two other sides, dense hedges with evergreen shrubs coexist between the dark foliage of the cypresses and the light grey ancient olive trees.

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An homage to André Le Nôtre, the gardener of Louis XIV: repetitive, rhythmic patterns of clipped yew balls (hand-selected in West France) and Pittosporum balls.

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Botanics

The garden is extraordinarily sculptural: Aesthetic cypresses, flowering lavenders, fig trees, scented roses, an abundance of daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare),
spires of salicaris (Lythrum salicaria), rustic grasses (Poa labillardieri); all selected to represent the Mediterranean character, as well as being hardy and drought-resistant.