I have always loved Japanese gardens. Marc Peter Keane has studied the minimal design of Japanese landscaping and was the first to have a working visa in Japan for landscape architecture. I love the organic yet designed gardens. I don’t know that I personally could keep up such a meticulous exterior garden if it were my home. The moss or ground cover in clumps or different formations is an element that always captures my attention.
Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture has been featured here on Plastolux many times but I haven’t seen the Dresner Residence before. I would really like to see the inside but the outside is quite a work of art. The large sculpture made from steel beams is amazing and it almost serves as a privacy fence as well. The scale of the art pieces in the courtyard or huge which make them that much more interesting to study.
Vertus has a fantastic portfolio full of great modern landscaping. Vertus does a really nice job at keeping things simple and not over complicated or busy. I love the atrium with the Dr Seuss looking mounds of grass even if it isn’t real grass. There are some nice uses of steel and concrete in these landscapes. One nice element that I might have to try is the small pieces of gray slate. I really want Mexican pebbles for my yard but they are way too expensive because they are not native to my area.
Filip Van Damme’s landscape architecture is executed with precision and beauty. The style, formal and geometric while utilizing plants, steel, wood and rock for texture. Spring is definitely knocking on the door and I have quite a few things to do in my yard. Many of the same styles and design elements represented in Filip’s work are similar to what I want to do at my own abode. If you need to get some work done in your yard this year, hopefully this will give you some inspiration.
The cycle of seasons usually brings out the complainers, “tired of the cold or heat”.The Landscape Architecture by Working Nature makes me think that I am already tired of winter, I need warmer weather. Working Nature has a very nice portfolio of modern landscaping. My favorite of their projects is the downtown loft view garden (pictures 2 and 3). Giving restraints to a living organism may not always be good but I absolutely love the tiered grass steps mixed with the geometric concrete rectangles. I don’t know if I would like large sections of gravel but maybe that is just water conservation.
The name of the company pretty much says it all. Japanese Inspired Gardens is a German company that artistically creates these amazing Japanese modern masterpieces. I have always been attracted to this type of landscaping. It is so exact and precise but it also has elements of nature’s free flowing growth. I could only image what it would take to properly maintain landscapes like these. I am fairly certain that my children would have it dismantled in a day or two. I can picture in my mind one of these gardens in the back yard of a mid century modern house or even a contemporary house for that matter and feel right at home.