Fernando Caruncho is a Spanish landscape designer; he started his Philosophy studies in the Autónoma University in Madrid in 1975.
Throughout his studies, he discovered the world of gardens and, starting in 1978, he combined his philosophy studies with gardening and landscape design at the "Castillo de Batres" School in Madrid.
He continuously deepens in his understanding of both fields, which are present in all of his projects.
His Mediterranean background made him understand that the eastern and western are two complementary worlds. From his admiration to both cultures, Fernando Caruncho learned to use geometry as a universal language and its application to the landscape.
Through the last 34 years, he has worked on various public and private gardens,including "La Terraza de los Laureles" at the Madrid Botanical Garden.
His professional activity has led him to various international projects in France, Italy, United States, New Zealand and Japan.His works are published in national and international publications
Part of his works were compiled in a monograph published by e Monacelli Press in New York under the title of Mirrors of Paradise: the Gardens of Fernando Caruncho, written by Guy Cooper and Gordon Taylor.
Currently, he is working on a new book about his latest projects.
In Caruncho's work, light is the key element of the garden. In addition to light, geometry and the relationship between the garden and architecture with the landscape. When he speaks about geometry he always insists that it may be obvious or hidden, but it is definitely the way to read or interpret the place, and in his gardens there is a clear example of this.
Now, in his study, architectural projects are developed with a new concept: the architecture forms a full unity with the garden.
"the garden is the only living work of art that man can do and in which the visitor enters an experience returning to his origins"
To reflect Caruncho's world it is very interesting to go to the sources who have studied his work and belong to the world of garden history and art, such as Dan Kiley master of American landscape design in the last 50 years, who wrote the preface of the book Mirrors of Paradise by Guy Cooper and Gordon Taylor, book in which the first 15 years of work of Fernando Caruncho are collected.
"The design of the landscape should not be a superficial reordering of natural elements merely to delight the eye. There is a larger and greater order, and I feel confident that Fernando Caruncho is one man who is able to listen to his voice with his heart and translate it to the land with his mind.”
Dan kiley - Mirrors of Paradise, The Gardens of Fernando Caruncho. Editorial Monaccelli Press
"His use of light is one of the most remarkable features of his work. Light, he believes, makes the languages of geometry intelligible.”
Kirsty Fergusson - The Oxford Companion to the Garden, Editorial Oxford University Press
"At first glance, the hypnotic curves of Amastuola seem uncharacteristic of Caruncho. He is a master of the right angle, of near impossible planes and monochromatic environments…but the vineyard…combines an allegiance to straight lines with an organic impulse…visually you have the shock of the grid against the waves”
Nancy Hass - T-Magazine 2015
"I admired his work beyond measure. It seemed to combine a feeling for landscape, gardens, spirituality and philosophy that was immediately exciting and inspiring. He had that magic that transcended the merely attractive or interested. This was art.”
Monty Don - Around the World in 80 gardens, Editorial Weidenfeld & Nicolson
"Caruncho sees the garden as a mirror of the universe: "I Strive to arrange a space that invites reflection and inquiry by allowing the light to delineate geometries, perspectives and symmetries"
Guy Cooper y Gordon Taylor – Gardens for the future, Gestures Against the Wild
"La mayoría de los jardines de Fernando Caruncho no están abiertos a los visitantes, lo que finalmente está muy bien: tenemos tiempo para ver cómo dejará una huella sin igual en la nueva creación de jardines mediterráneos en las próximas décadas.”
Jean Paul Pigeat - Jardins de la Méditerranée, Editorial Plume/Flammarion
With more than 150 projects, some of his most significant projects:
Nordberg, New Jersey. USA.
Flynn Garden, Florida. USA.
Spanish Embassy in Tokyo. Japan.
Deusto University, Bilbao. Spain.
La Faisanderie, Biarritz. France.
Kohimarama Garden. New Zealand.
Jardín de Valldemossa, Majorca. Spain.
Mas de les Voltes, Ampurdá Catalá n. Spain.
Project in the Jardín Botánico, Madrid. Spain.
PGR Al Maaden. Marrakech. Morocco.
La Casa del Agua. Porto Heli. Greece.
Soto de Mozanaque Garden. Madrid. Spain.
Olive grove and vineyard. Montalcino. Italy.
L'Amastuola. Puglia. Italy.
Sheibani Garden. Costwolds. England.
Staples Stewart Garden. Kohimarama Beach. Nueva Zealand.
Palatchi Garden. Menorca. Spain.
Baldesberger Garden. Lugano. Switzerland.
New York Botanical Garden.
Politecnico Milano University.
Accademia delle Arti del Disegno.
Trinity College University, Dublin
Garden Museum, London.
Athenas' City Hall, Meganon Foundation.
Thyssen Museum, Madrid.
Master in the Universidad Politécnica, Madrid
Universidad "Federico II", Naples, Italy.
Gaudí 1st World Congress, Barcelona
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
University of New Delhi, India
University of Estambul, Turkey
Sorolla Museum, Madrid.
The Welfare Foundation for Social and Cultural Affairs
Chateau Benouville, Francia
Publications - Books
Mirrors of Paradise, The Gardens of Fernando Caruncho, Gordon Taylor Guy Cooper, Editorial Monaccelli Press .
The Oxford Companion to the Garden, Kirsty Fergusson, Editorial Oxford University Press
Gardens for the Future, Gestures Against the Wild, Guy Cooper y Gordon Taylor.
The Garden Book, Editorial Phaidon
Radical Landscapes, Jane Amidon, Editorial Thames & Hudson
Around the World in 80 gardens, Monty Don, Editorial Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Paradise Transformed. Ed. The Monacelli Press.
Gärten des Orients. Paradiese auf Erden. Ed. Dumont.
The Story of Gardening. Ed. DK.
Gardens by the Sea. Ed. Thames & Hudson.
Jardins de la méditerranée. Ed. Blume.
Mediterrane Gärten. Ed. Dumont Monte.
Jardines Secretos de España. Ed. Blume.
The New Garden Paradise. Ed. Thames & Hudson.
Publications - Serials
House & Garden
Town & Country
New York Times
New York Times Magazine
T Magazine, The New York Times magazine
Architektur & Wohnen
The Financial Times
The Herald Tribune
The Telegraph Magazine
Country House Rusia