A place is always more attractive when it becomes a modern interpretation of traditional landscapes. This modern Asian setting shows a subtle symmetry expressed in proportions and interactions between man-made and natural elements. The rhythm created by vegetation and textures is perceived by the senses. Water also plays an important role, as stated by the Koi pond and the cascading water fountain that surround the pavilion and stimulate the ear as colour stimulate eyesight. Tropical plants and lush greenery are used to help achieve this effect.
Interaction with nature is essential to fully connect with the environment. The combination of elements like an infinity pool and a Koi pond sharing the same space represent the constant contrast between man and nature, and our need to achieve balance in our coexistence with it. The same principles apply to the way greenery and pathways are placed in the design scheme.
Terraced pools represent a fine alternative to create common areas and establish limits between them and the more private spaces of the hotel. These represent a man-made river, making its way between the structures and interrupting itself to give way to pathways and places of encounter. The landscape is framed by abundant vegetation, whose diverse tones of green set a rhythm to be appreciated by the senses.
Some spaces are captivating thanks to the acceptance of water as the main element. Here, the deck gives way to the stream, even when it's located at its center. Vegetation appears as highlighted thanks to the careful selection of textures and color of each species used on this landscape. The pathways allow continuing the direct interaction with water, even if the person is far from the main deck.
Water can be contemplated by the users, or it can accompany them during their experience. The way in which it’s integrated into the landscape brings peace to the senses and creates a picture framed by vegetation and its colours. It can also highlight the already existent dialogue between buildings.
This Feng-Shui Plaza brings a much-needed balance to a place dominated by large-scale elements that tend to create only dead spaces around them (freeways, large buildings, etc). The scale of the plaza responds to the scale of its context. The following of Feng-Shui principles creates a proper interaction between all the man-made elements that take part in the space, and it also includes the user into the scheme.
One of the premises of landscape design in places like hotels, villas and resorts, is to meet the needs of the community while creating a balance between man-made structures and natural environment. Landscape design is the middle point between the untouched nature and the world with no nature at all in it. By using different elements such as pathways, decks, waterfalls, greenery and gateways, this dialogue between both sides is made possible.