April 27, 2017

Looking cool in the shade

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Renowned company wt Burden built a series of sunshades along the first 7km of the Jumeirah Corniche running track in the Emirates. The stylish structures also had to be tough enough to handle beach-front conditions. Running along an area behind the Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa up to Burj Al Arab Hotel, the Jumeirah Corniche running track is a 14km path – the longest in the Emirates. The paved walkway and running track was constructed to encourage residents and tourists to enjoy a variety of sports, including jogging and walking, as well as other open-air activities. The project, the…

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Sensory Adventure

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Nigel Abbey Design Consultants and The Garden Builders combined to produce an exciting and beautiful play and learning space at a London school to encourage its pupils to use all their senses in a bright and safe environment. The brief was to create a sensory garden suitable for nursery and reception-aged children (three to six years old). Up to 60 children could use the garden at any one time so it needed to be low maintenance with limited planting. William Morris Primary School sits next to a large council housing estate and affordable housing in Merton Borough, a socially mixed…

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Rocky Road

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Award-winning designer John Wyer of Bowles & Wyer was charged with creating a garden in sympathy with the landscape and architecture of an avant-garde Rocky Mountain retreat. The initial contact from the clients came in an email message in June 2009: “We are in desperate need of landscaping advice… landscaping is an overwhelming blank slate… HELP!” The site was a 4.5ha plot on the western slopes of the Rockies near Spokane, Washington State, in the north-western United States. It was overwhelmingly populated by ponderosa pine, with little else other than granite boulders. With an average annual precipitation of around 30cm…

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Living Landscape

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Award-winning London design studio Baharash Architecture saw off a shortlist of prominent international practices to land the second phase of the 46ha Dubai Sustainable City project. Dubai Sustainable City is a project that will cover 46ha with 550 residential villas, organic farms, educational facilities and 600,000sq ft of solar panels. Each house within the city will be equipped with solar panels, which will provide residents with 60% of their energy needs. The project will also feature a smart water system that will reduce the water demand of buildings by 30%. Grey and waste water will be used to irrigate plants…

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Infinite Possibility – TerraVerde

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With an infinity pool as its central feature, TerraVerde drew upon a range of landscaping methods to deliver a challenging design and build concept at this luxury villa In the heart of Palm Jumeirah, this luxury villa project shows how a beautiful landscape design can both complement the exterior of an existing property and the natural surrounding landscape, but nonetheless stand in isolation as an aesthetically striking outdoor area. The project implemented a range of landscaping methods including irrigation, pool installation, softscaping, hardscaping, construction and bespoke carpentry. The client had outlined a brief with a challenging design and build concept. They were clear they wanted to adopt a large swimming pool and Jacuzzi…

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Peace Prize – Richard Miers

Richard Miers

Richard Miers talks us through his entry for the Gardening World Cup in Japan in September 2012 The Gardening World Cup, held in Huis Ten Bosch Nagasaki, was conceived by Japanese designer Mr Ishihara (Japan’s equivalent of Alan Titchmarsh and Monty Don rolled into one) who lives near to and was affected by the bomb dropped close to Nagasaki by the Americans at the end of World War 2. Its theme is world peace, through the therapeutic act of gardening and enjoying well designed gardens, and it is held in a replica Dutch theme park the size of Monaco. For ‘locals’ from the Philippines, Singapore, Korea, and Taiwan, it is also a substitute for a long-haul,…

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Spiritual Retreat – Blue Stream

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Blue Stream street furniture has enhanced the environment surrounding the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque while remaining sympathetic to the iconic structure Located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the world’s largest, covering an area of more than 30 acres. Adorned with 82 domes and chandeliers that are gilded with 24-carat gold and millions of Swarovski crystals, it can accommodate up to 41,000 worshippers at any one time. Its spectacular architecture includes white marble walls, painted columns and unique vitrals. The scale of landscaping around the mosque is breathtaking, with reflective pools that illuminate the white and gold colours during the day and the…

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Growing Up – Planters Horticulture

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A Dubai restaurant wanted a much greener look without eating up any floor space. The solution? A plantwall This project involved one of Leopold’s of London’s biggest restaurants in the UAE. The clients wished to introduce a significant amount of greenery in their space to enhance their existing interior design and approached Planters Horticulture to provide them with a solution. Keeping in mind the brief that minimal floor space should be employed, Planters recommended the Plantwall System. This met both the client’s main requirements: not using any floor space and making a big impact with a lot of greenery. The plantwall has since become a focal point in the restaurant. Planters encountered a…

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Singapore High Stakes – Wilson McWilliam Studio

Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam of Wilson McWilliam Studio review their success at the Singapore Garden Festival, where they won both Gold and Best of Show – Landscape Garden for their garden Sacred Grove When the invitation to exhibit at the Singapore Garden Festival came, Gavin and I leapt at the opportunity – it was a chance to design for a different climate in a show that’s attracting worldwide attention. The garden would be in the open air, located on the Meadow, a circle of grass within Gardens by the Bay (all previous shows have been indoors). The meadow is densely irrigated meaning no dig was allowed and the garden had…

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