A silver Asian bell hangs near the front door of this home, sheltered by a pergola of large redwood timbers. A wild garden of ornamental grasses and a covered seating area make this a peaceful and inviting place to come home.
Solitary Japanese Statue Blends Seamlessly Into Asian Garden
At the center of this Asian garden setting, a stone Japanese statue blends seamlessly into the natural surroundings. Set in an open clearing, the statue's solitary presence evokes quiet contemplation and reflection.
The landscape design for this contemporary home strived to tie the house to the grounds while seamlessly blending the architecture with the neighborhood's venerable historical homes, some dating back to the late 1800’s.
Step out the door into the peaceful Asian-inspired garden of this modern home. Concrete slabs create walkways and a bridge across the rectangular pond. Gravel beds and ornamental grasses keep the landscaping low maintenance.
This outdoor courtyard features stone-lined water fountain with a herron bird statue and lilly pads inside the pond. Green foliage plants cover the space, while red Asian-style roof tiles complement the overall look of the area.
Multicolored Round River Stone Walkway Encourages Reflection in Asian Garden
Inspired by the tranquility of traditional Asian gardens, this stunning multicolored round river stone walkway encourages an intentional, quiet reflection. The meandering shape of the path defines the surrounding green spaces, while the varying sizes and textures of the stone promote concentrated steps, causing visitors to slow their pace and relax.
During the day, the pavilion's metal roof offers relief from the sun's rays. As they sit on the wood floor below, the owners can dip their feet into the water and listen to the soft sounds of their environment.
The largest challenge this project presented can't be seen at first glance, but sits just below the surface of the garden. In order to preserve the reflecting pond and associated eco-systems from washing out, the landscape architects needed to capture the surface water from several surrounding neighbors and divert it underground. The result is an outdoor space that seems effortless, yet is entirely innovative.
Outdoor Spa and Pool With Stone Wall and Waterfall Feature
A raised spa is further enhanced with natural stone boulders, fire elements, a flagstone rock accent wall and raised planters. The fire elements illuminate the pool area and create a dramatic night setting for this backyard space. A waterfall adds visual interest for swimmers.
This courtyard uses classic Japanese style to exaggerate perspective, creating the illusion of a much larger space. The plants provide a backdrop for the statue and the pathways, rather than acting as a focal point themselves.
A steel-and-cedar pergola was constructed as a shady respite in the back of the yard, and a dining table added for outdoor entertaining. Nearby, a fountain made from an oversized planter bowl makes meditative background music.
Serene Asian-Inspired Outdoor Space in New York City
A variety of paving materials, including limestone, ipe wood and blue beach stones, were used to fill the ground space in this New York City backyard, adding a sense of serenity and flow to an otherwise small and elongated area.