Villa Le Nôtre : International landscape architecture residency

16 octobre 2014


The project

As concerns landscape architecture, France has long played a pre-eminent role. More recently, in 2013, the events organised on the occasion of the 400th birthday of André Le Nôtre demonstrated the current dynamism of French landscape innovation and research.

Today, the notion of landscape irrigates all the dimensions of a territory, from the local to the international. Our society is questioned, through landscape, as concerns its uses of space, its relationship to time, its economic concepts, and its relationship to the environment.

The Villa Le Nôtre is created by the École nationale supérieure de paysage (The French Landscape architect school of Versailles). The goal is to facilitate and multiply exchanges on the topic of landscape architecture and its creation/production as well as to be an international center of creation and innovation. To achieve this goal the Villa Le Nôtre develops an on-site fellowship program, open to designers, artists, researchers and other stakeholders in the field of landscape.

The Villa Le Nôtre is located on the main campus of the ENSP, in the XVIIth century gardener's house built for Jean-Baptiste de La Quintinie, in the King's kitchen garden of Versailles.

The Villa Le Nôtre should allow its residents/fellows to create new and original works in relation to the notions of landscape architecture project and design. The Villa would like to promote synergies between the dynamics of an artistic processes and more formal and academic methods of research, between resident fellows as well as with the studio and the research practiced at Versailles and, more generally, in France.

Several partners are involved in the Villa Le Nôtre project: City of Versailles, Valhor (the horticulture and landscape interprofessional organisation), Crédit Agricole d'Île-de-France Mécénat, Fondation du Crédit Agricole - Pays de France and the help of the Institut de création (Paris-Seine University).