Santa Gertrudis, Santa Eulària des Riu, Illes Balears
BLAKSTAD – ARCHITECTURE PROJECT
HONUSAN – CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
The Can Tanqueta landscaping project was developed on an old cultivated field of 14.800m2, the characteristic landscape on the centre of Ibiza Island. Our work consisted of developing a garden in the vicinity of the house with an approximate surface area of 5,000m2 and integrating it into the surrounding landscape, with a series of perimeter plantations, as well as an agricultural implantation of citrus and olive trees.
The access to the house is made through the fields, following a line of cypress trees that accompanies the path to the house. The car park is located in front of the north facade flanked by a large patch of vegetation. On this side of the house the facade is flat, opaque with hardly any windows, where a beautiful old doorway stands out, which can only be reached by a winding path that crosses the garden.
Once inside, we are greeted by a large Andalusian-style courtyard, where a large olive tree, several bouganvilleas and other flowering plants on pots have been placed to add colour and warmth to the space.
When walking through the house, the garden completely transforms, from the large patches of planting and winding paths on the north façade to large living areas articulated between patches of vegetation, allowing the inhabitants of the house to have different leisure and enjoyment areas distributed throughout the garden.
In conjunction with the swimming pool there is an extensive sandy beach where a bar has been created among large specimens of palm trees. On the east facade, joining the house and the annexe, a large square has been created with shady mulberry trees that functions as an extension of the house in the open air, as a living, dining and multi-purpose area. A small herb garden has also been built, an outdoor gym, children’s play areas and various more intimate private sitting areas arranged throughout the garden that allow us to enjoy a suitable space for every moment.
The garden, like the house, is inspired by the traditional Ibizan landscape, with natural materials from the island and Mediterranean vegetation. Trees are composed of Olive, Carob and Pomegranate while planting consists of perennial shrubs to structure the garden and herbaceous to provide colours and aromas.
The majority of plant material used is adapted to the climate of the site and the use of grass lawns was minimized in an attempt to economise on water consumption and to be a more sustainable.
The final result is a garden with a natural appearance, full of life, in which there are variations throughout the seasons of the year and which reaches its most exuberant moment in spring and summer.