Instead of creating a conventional entry to the residential development, it was decided to integrate a gateway and a showroom to the scheme. They are both located on a man-made island, complemented by an Asian garden and a timber decking. A bridge connects the showroom flat to the residential development itself, letting the showroom and the gateway to be an anteroom for the rest of the complex.
There are frequently several alternatives to achieve the same goal when it comes to landscape design. Therefore, option studies are effective to express each one of the possible design schemes for a place. Their appreciation helps clear doubts about what path is best to follow in order to fulfil the goals of the project. The first example shows the predominance of water and symmetry, while the second shows a more spontaneous approach on either side of the bridge, balanced by the symmetrical patterns on the bridge itself.
Asymmetry is a powerful ally when it comes to creating a constant sense of expectation. Curves that allow the mind to wonder what will encounter next, are to be complemented with the warmth of colours such as yellow and green, as well as the coolness of the water. This creates a balanced, welcoming and relaxing environment to be in.
Patterns and colours are important elements when it comes to creating a specific type of ambience. This Mediterranean gateway is full of subtle colours and symmetric but somewhat organic patterns. These, combined with the small terraced ponds, give life to space and stimulate the senses.
Balance and the sensation of calm is a constant premise when it comes to designing spaces using natural elements. Where large buildings come into play, a successful combination of symmetric and asymmetric schemes can provide the desired result. The constant opposition between the man-made structure and the empty, natural space brings the desired equilibrium to the eye and the mind. This can be appreciated from the large scale to the small scale, achieving an integrated view of the place.