News 05.03.2020

First look at the revitalisation of Mon Repos Gardens

We are thrilled to unveil images of our proposals for the revitalisation of the historic Mon Repos Estate and Gardens on the picturesque island of Corfu in Greece.

Despite being located just 3km from Corfu town, the Mon Repos Gardens had sat virtually untouched and unvisited for many years. Home to a neo-classical villa, now the Palaiopol Museum, and flourished with archaeological remains and rare trees and plants endemic to the Mediterranean, the ‘Friends of Mon Repos’ (a non-profit organisation set up to tackle the needs of the project) wished to restore and transform the Estate it into a distinctive cultural, historical and environmental landmark.

Gillespies was commissioned directly by the Friends of Mon Repos to undertake a conceptual landscape masterplan to identify and unlock opportunities to revitalise the estate and generate future sustainable revenue streams whilst providing landmark visitor destinations for both the local community and island visitors alike. This involved the delivery of a visitor experience strategy to inform and guide planning and design. A careful and balanced approach was taken to ensure an authentic, immersive and informative interpretation of the park and its antiquities, with very sensitive design interventions, restorations and the provision of new amenities.