Plantation Optical

What do you plant tree for?

Assuredly for some quite utilitarian reasons (wood and fruit, for example) and for some less obvious ones (shade, beauty), but still fairly traditional.

What if marry all these reasons together?

You select useful trees, that are also a beautiful, and are planted according to such a geometry that they look even better in large quantities, and their shades create sharp geometries that make the whole even more enjoyable.

That’s is what I did when a client who bought an estate in Marrakech’s ¬†Palmeraie and challenged my advice on how to design an arboretum that looks strickingly innovative while using only elements part of the local tradition.

The result is a sort of botanical Vasarely composition, with a constant play of the tree volumes with their shades.

It would have been nice to go further in experimenting with topiary art, adding more diverse geometrical shapes.