Garden of Laffert Mansion
year of design / realization: 2007/2011
architects: Atelierarchitects Kft.
office: Újirány Group - UILA Kft.
authors: Árpád Kovács, Johanna Muszbek, Dorottya Thurnay, Dominika Tihanyi
building contractor/executor: Zöld korona 2000 Kft.
area: 3200 m2
While the design of the garden aims to take into account elements of the baroque style garden (such as the importance of main axes deriving from the building), it tries to create a contemporary surrounding as a minimal setting for the neobaroque building. The garden – originally larger than that of the one today – aims to give space to communal events such as community gatherings or even classical music concerts. Hence the two main elements of the garden are the large terrace evolving into a terraced stairway and the grassy pleasure ground, where a framed field of lavender emphasizes the main axis of the building. These spaces give space to the audience hence serve as an auditorium when concerts take place on the stage in the end of the garden. While the so called ‘terrace’ and ‘pleasure ground’ of the garden create a vast open space, two other counterparts of the garden - the labyrinth of the spice garden and the trellis - serve as smaller intimate spaces where one is able to retire in privacy. As reference to the baroque style walls of cut trees structure the spaces and ornamental plants in pots mark out axial points in the garden. At the entrance of the spice garden an apple tree growth can be found. The spice garden is a small labyrinth with benches placed in various places.