- Parco Portello, Milan, project by Charles Jencks with Andreas Kipar, LAND Milano
German landscape architect Andrea Kipar, founder of LAND – Landscape Architecture Nature Development – will be on show with "LAND 25. A Tribute to Italian Landscape" from 11 November 2014 at SpazioFMG, and since landscaping is the epitome of green, Livegreenblog will be focusing on Kipar’s work in a series of articles.
And we’re starting off with Parco Portello. This city park is an offshoot of the “green rays” concept, coined by Andreas Kipar as a metaphor for his work in Milan and the post-industrial city. The landscape architect’s idea is to set up a connection between the Milan hinterland and the city itself, by creating a system of green areas, one of which is Parco Portello.
LAND has turned a 7-hectare area that used to house the Alfa Romeo and Lancia car factories into a story of time, written in the territory and for the territory, based on a pattern of circles, arches and half-moons.
Circles and lines all interweaving as a reference to the sense of time – circular and linear – “as repetitive as a heartbeat and as sequential as evolution”, in the words of Kipar. The result is a landscape that encourages exploration and experience, which includes water features, gently sloping hills, three green sculptures, flowers and bushes to emphasise the passing of the seasons. A space that engages hinterland and centre, where the landscaping facilitates a gentle and positive transition.
Project: Charles Jencks with Andreas Kipar, LAND Milano
Exhibition in Milan, SpazioFMG, opening 11 November: LAND 25. A Tribute to Italian Landscape - SpazioFMG
Project Manager: Giuliano Garello
Team: Ivan Maestri / Alain Carnelli / Marco Grazioli
Location: Milan, Italy
Area: 7 ha
Photography: LAND Milano Srl / Ilaria Consolaro