Her design philosophy is to create resilient landscape architecture, appropriate to climate change and vernacular to the site. That the inhabitant of the place can wander freely, feel at ease and feel in a direct relationship with nature, its ecology and its wildlife.
Carolina Briones is a chilean architect. She graduated from the School of Design, Architecture and Urban Studies of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in the year 2017. Since then, she has been working in Lyon Bosch + Martic studio for almost five years. This Studio is dedicated to Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape Architecture projects and her work there covers the design and coordination of large urban parks with the chilean government, landscape architectural design in public buildings and small private gardens and also some architectural work as the design of houses, residencial buildings and private infraestructure.
In addition, she has been collaborating in the writing of articles for Landie, a web platform dedicated to expose different perspectives on architecture, cities, territory and culture (www.landie.cl).
Furthermore, she worked in the academia as an assistant in the course “Formation Studio II”, a first year class about urban design and public spaces in the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile for two semesters.
At present she is willing to expand her professional knowledge learning about Planting Design in the London College of Garden Design and horticultural practice- studying RHS courses, and she expects to be able to apply this new experience and expertise in her future projects.
With the purpose of defining a memorable and integrating urban space in the south of Santiago, the project seeks to design the Metropolitan South Park based on its specific topography, orographic system, its slopes, the quality of the soil and its orientation. It seeks to establish connectivity and programatic insertion strategies that induce sustainable city growth – more efficient, less contaminant and more socially inclusive. In other words, the proposal aims to value the Chena Hill, enhancing its landscape uses and delivering relevant programs for the city and its locals. The 57 hectare project offers a public space that will generate urban and cultural life as a complement to the green spaces designed by taking into account the knowledge, comprehension and value of its nature, through a restored landscape.
Carolina Briones was a collaborating architect for the Landscape Design in this project for three years.
The project consists in the Landscape Design for the New Campus Río Coyhaique University of Aysén, situated in the south of Chile, XI Region. It is located in a vast area with an attractive and characteristic landscape of the south of Chile that unfortunately has a large amount of introduced plant species, especially european pastures. The main assignment was to not only design a public space for the campus but also to erradicate the foreign species that have been in place for over two centuries because of past agricultural practice.
The proposal of reforestation of native species is based on ecological succession and restoration of the former vegetational ground, wind control and water management and can be divided into four main strategies:
– The consolidation of three ravines through the plantation of native species that will protect the building from strong winds and prevent wildfire during summer.
– The ecological restauration of the former vegetational ground.
– The design of ornamental gardens in the surrounding areas of the university building.
– Implementation of bioretention zones of water, to conduct rainwater.
The project contemplates the design of the Project of Landscape Design for a Residential House, located in the commune of Lo Barnechea, Santiago.
This project proposes to create an ornamental garden, with a mix of introduced and native species, full of colour and scents in all the seasons of the year. For this, on the main entrance ornamental and elegant trees are considered such as Acacia visco and Prosopis chilensis with a combination of rocks and perennial vegetation with atractive flowering such as Ericas, Hebes, Moraeas and Salvias.
On its main courtyard, boundaries are designed with abundant perennial vegetation, accompanied by ornamental flowers throughtout the year. As to the trees in this area, ornamental species are considered such as Magnolio yulans, Lagestroemia indica and Malus floribunda, all of them with atractive flowering. Besides, a water fountain is design in a corner of the garden, creating a small area of calmness and relaxation with acuatic vegetation.
On the other hand, in its edge gardens, a variety of perennial ornamental species are combined to give more privacy from the neighbours but still continuing the idea of selecting flowering and attractive plants like Jacaranda mimosifolia, Hebes, Iris and Libertia.
Finally, for the interior central garden, shade species are selected with decorative leaves like Acer palmatum. Besides, they are complemented with groundcovers like Cotula scariosa and ornamental flowers like Liriope muscari.