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sub: og-page_tit: Gardens - Museum Johann Jacobs og-page_des: The aim is to preserve the autonomy of the two gardens. This autonomy is expressed in the different atmospheres. The sunny garden of the villa at Seefeldquai 17 captivates with its elaborate enclosure and striking copper beech. A raised terrace takes up the central axis of the villa and guides the gaze to the lake. The garden of the villa at Mainaustrasse 2 fascinates with its shady character. Intimate seating areas are embedded in blue and deep red perennials. og-page_kwd: Landscape Architecture, Topic, og-page_url: [open] og-page_img: [open]
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Gardens - Museum Johann Jacobs, Zürich

The two gardens at Seefeldquai 17 and Mainaustrasse 2 were created shortly after one another, but are very different in their appearance and respective reference to the house. The renovation of the two houses, which are meanwhile owned by one individual, was supposed to emphasize the relationship between the houses more intensively. The aim was nevertheless to preserve the autonomy of the two formerly private gardens. What characterizes the gardens is not the spatial separation, but the different atmospheres. The original interplay of vertical poplars and expansive beech trees was taken up again.

Garden at Seefeldquai 17
The sunny, open garden from 1913 has the classic structure of large villa gardens on Lake Zurich. The enclosure and the striking copper beech have existed since the time the garden was created. Connected with the central salon, there is an elevated terrace framed by yellow and white perennials that takes up the central axis of the villa and stages the view of the lake. A gravel path leads from the house and through the beds of perennials and lawn surfaces and widens in the area of the copper beech to create a seating area. Asymmetrically planted laburnum stand in the perennials.

Garden at Mainaustrasse 2
The somewhat older garden from 1908 has a more shaded and reserved character. Its paths are paved with natural stone and designed with a polygonal language of forms. The impressive weeping beech and the enclosing wall have existed since the garden was created. Intimate seating areas are embedded in the flowerbeds with red color nuances. The façade toward the lake is covered with rambling roses.

Jacobs Foundation
Project Data
Planning 2011-2012
Realisation 2012
Area 1`800 m²
Project Team
Miller & Maranta AG, Basel

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