The garden terrace of this industrial-style building with residences and retail features pink and green perennials that capture the sunlight of Portland, Oregon. The bold integration of nature and steel earned this project, called Yard, by 2.ink Studio an ASLA 2018 Honor Award.
A masterpiece of glass and steel, the magnificent contemporary home in Johannesburg, South Africa incorporates a modern green-building ethos in a peaceful setting and includes superb features like a Japanese Teppanyaki bar, tennis court, private spa and an alfresco amphitheater.
Asian wood buildings create height to bring privacy to this calm courtyard. Neutral floor brings a light contrast to the dark wood stain. Outdoor wood furniture is set up for a cozy sitting space or outdoor dining area with green seat cushions.
The plants in this home's outdoor area are sparse, but very intentional. Sculptural succulents and grasses stand out against gray gravel and the building's white stone exterior. Strips of green grass turn pavers into a geometric statement.
Lush landscaping surrounds a pristine pool outside of a community clubhouse, creating a perfect gathering spot. Long green plantings drape over the clubhouse roof, giving the building a strong connection to its outdoor environment. The "Windmills of Your Mind" project by Joly John of Shibanee & Kamal Architects in Bangalore, India won a 2015 Association of Professional Landscape Designers award.
San Diego design firm Eco Minded Solutions used bamboo to build a high wall of green around this family’s back patio. Bamboo grows high and brings exotic charm to any outdoor space. Just be sure to pick a non-invasive species.
An easy way to create visual length to a room is to add horizontal stripes to the wall -- here, tones of blue and green also create a sense of airiness, and provide a focal point behind the bed. Custom shelves and desk area, perfect for doing homework or building a model car, were made from large reclaimed floor boards plus pipes and rope -- a unique way to bring unexpected and charming elements into a space.
The complex dates back to the early 1600s, and consists of several buildings that surround a central courtyard. Gothic arches and vines really capture that sense of history, while rich green shutters bring the exterior into the 21st century.
The main house of the building, sitting directly in the middle of the guest rooms, is a communal space where guests come to check in, eat and relax outside of their rooms. Just in through the front door, the space begins with this beautiful dining room. The forest-feel comes immediately through in this space with its color palette of warm browns and greens. The extendable table, which seats as many as 10 guests, is flanked by the hidden star of the show: an exquisite black armoire that accents the deep green of the wall, while the grain of the wood adds pattern and texture to the room.
TriplePoint Design Build designed this living space to showcase the view out the floor-to-ceiling windows. Colors and furnishings were kept subtle and neutral so that the blues and greens of the outdoors would pop in the room. This contemporary look is nontraditional but comfortable and stylish nonetheless.