My approach seeks to identify, first of all, the customers’ needs, get to know their background and daily routines. My proposal seeks to integrate the garden in its geographical context, to bring a little of the surrounding landscape into the garden, while trying to provide organic shapes and forms, being considerate to the climate change and providing a functioning experience when wandering around the garden.
After graduating in Industrial Engineering and Management at Instituto Superior Tecnico and undertaking a MS in Finance at Catolica Lisbon Business School, André worked for 15+ years at Novo Banco, a top Portuguese bank. Experienced in the Insurance, Banking and Management Consulting industry, he has recently decided to pursue his true and core passion and moved to London to study at the London College of Garden Design. He is graduating in the Summer of 2022 and is eager to start putting into practice all the lessons he learned at LCGD.
Amersham is a vibrant, flourishing town set in the heart of the beautiful Chilterns, surrounded by Chesham Bois woodland.
The inspiration for my design is the masterpiece work designed by American landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. Lovejoy Fountain Park was completed in 1966. Concrete was the core material in the water feature. Angela Danadjieva, a designer at Lawrence Halprin & Associates, was charged with the artistic conception of the Keller fountain park in 1968.
I took this design as an inspiration but I have made some additional constrains to the design idea. I wanted the surrounding nature from Chesham Bois into the garden as a way of framing the views into the woodland and as a celebration of the village feeling.
I also wanted to constrain wilderness into more squared and linear forms without the presence of any curvy lines but maintaining the randomness on both the soft landscape and the hard landscape.
Cheapside is a small village within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead at the eastern end of Berkshire. Now a part of Ascot, it lies to the east of the racecourse and south-west of Windsor Great Park.
The inspiration for my design was to bring Ascot natural environment, both flora and fauna into the garden. The idea was to replicate neighboring habitats with a more modern and organic take for enjoyment of the family and friends using natural materials from within the area and reclaimed ones.
The idea was to bring some of the woodland into the garden, having a vegetable garden to allow the client to produce part of his own food while trying to create a sense of flow between the various areas of the garden and avoiding the patch work quilt feeling the clients opposed to.
Manor Farm is located near the village of Hazleton, in the Cotswolds district of Gloucestershire.
The site stands at an altitude of around 250 meters above sea level, which is in line with this region of gentle hills.
The inspiration for my design was to celebrate the existing natural areas on the site, namely the woodland, the natural pool, the limestone quarry and the grasslands, immersed in the natural resources existing on the site and integrating some of the traditions of the farm itself with a modern twist.