WHAT WE DO
Perception of the landscape and interaction with nature varies from time of day, to time of year, through direction of movement. The sequence of experiences can be amplified through the careful structuring of space – narrow, open, elevated and sunken.
Gardens & Show Homes
Creating initial impact and stimulating different emotions are key objectives when designing garden spaces. Careful use of materials, levels and features can both enclose and open up views through the space to provide a sense of calm and excitement where appropriate.
Shared communal spaces with contrasting open space larger and small intimate areas create a hierarchy within the site. Thresholds and sequence of movements ensure an overall cohesion of experience.
Functionality and flexible use patterns have to be thoughtfully integrated into the design that possesses a strong visual form that guides users within the site. Picking up on architectural details ensure close association with the architectural design language.
Stimulating open space networks are the backbone of successful public realm design. Creating human scale interest linked seamlessly with larger spaces within a city scale framework is paramount.
This structuring of the design can control feelings and emotions that are generated during interaction with the landscape. Much of these feelings are involuntary, and a successful design should appear to be very natural, almost as though it happened by chance.
This is the essence of good design – creating memorable experiences, whether this is in a natural or urban context, that generates empathy with the person who is using the space.
For example, the fluid movement of water through either bubbling fountains or gentle cascades can help activate a place but can also allow a sense of tranquility to permeate a space.
Shared ‘semi-public’ spaces and more private areas can be delineated by using bold features such as walls, pavilions and planting, or more subtle methods of adjusting path widths and a variation in paving materials.
This can provide a clear legibility for the design that influences the spatial hierarchy.
Bringing elements into the design that provide a ‘meaning’ and reinforce the design narrative enables the creation of thought-provoking and meaningful landscape spaces and gardens.