Hard-lined geometric planters are softened with softly textured native grasses and vibrant succulent varieties that either drape over planter walls or act as sculptural pieces, which complement the architecture. The walls throughout the site not only aid in creating more usable space, but absorb the sun’s heat during the day and radiate it out in the cooler coastal evenings.
Lago-a-Lago's rooftop Sky Lounges offer relaxation in the sun or entertainment under the stars on huge sun decks. Furnishings include sumptuous seating in designer outdoor brands Manutti, Knoll, Vondom and Gloster, built-in planters and a comfortable carpet of artificial turf.
Challenges included the below-ground garden, cement walls, unmovable A/C pipes and a massive concrete pad that hides the dry well. The cement walls have a interesting way of reflecting light and fit with the modern structure.
This garden's design was influenced by its original state. It originally was a cement pit full of gravel. To minimize the excavation of gravel, the designers created two levels: an Ipe deck with Synlawn grass on the upper level and a blue stone area with a waterfall/pond on the lower level. Breaking up levels made the garden visually bigger and engaging.
Modern Penthouse Rooftop with Dining Area and Chaise Lounges
A dining area with a grill and table join a seating area with chaise lounges on a modern penthouse's rooftop terrace. Sleek containers surround the space and hold drought-tolerant and wind- and sun-resistant plants and trees. The plants and accessories, such as rugs and pillows, add color and pattern.
Modern Urban Garden with Cement Wall, Waterfall and Climbing Vines
The waterfall is a focal point in this modern, urban garden. The designer wanted to show the passage of seasons and wanted the existing concrete wall, which seems like a massive bunker, to be part of nature. There are multiple vines, including English ivy and Chinese and American wisteria, on either side of the waterfall.
The garden at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014 leads to a final vignette, designed by Kate Webster and Thayer Hopkins, to inspire and encourage reflection. A brick path draws the eye toward the abstract, mirrored sculpture that reflects light and creates the illusion that the pillars are also decorated with the flowers.