“A GARDEN IS A NATURAL SPACE; IT IS WHERE NATURE IS CONTAINED AND CONTROLLED BUT NONETHELESS NATURAL.” -URQUIJO-KASTNER
Renowned landscape architects make their living wrestling with this very dilemma: controlling the uncontrollable. However, it is in their attempt to harness nature that true magic ensues.
Meet Miguel Urquijo and Renate Kastner of Urquijo-Kastner Landscape and Garden Design Studio.
Their partnership, both personal and professional, has produced some of Spain’s most breathtaking private gardens. Ordered to a degree, yet seemingly effortless and naturalistic, landscapes designed by Urquijo-Kastner often evoke some sort of primordial state, as if the land had always been that way.
Their landscapes soothe the soul and live up to the couple’s belief that gardens should “give us pleasure and shelter by favoring our innate tendency to contemplate and heal the spirit.”
Come with us and visit some of their garden designs—from ancient Castilian olive groves near Avila and horse-filled pastures of Salamanca to cactus-laden foothills of Monfrague and palm tree terraces of Ibiza, an Urquijo-Kastner garden is distinctive, if not other-worldly.