Thursday, May 27, 2010

Built in planters in landscape architecture.

The opportunity to design a built in planter often reveals itself during the master planning stage in landscape architecture


A set of steps might require the sidewalls to be a container to afford a sense of balance or structural purpose.

(master plan design for exterior architecture and landscape architecture 2003, Carmel)

From Carmel Valley Estate


A terrace that sits above grade by 18 inches will require a railing but if you install a planter ( which elevates the grade ) then by certain municipal codes you can overt installing the

railing .

(master plan design for exterior architecture and landscape arch. 2000, Marin)

From California Gardening




Sometimes a built in planter is pure artifice adding to the architectural styling of the structure

(master plan design for exterior architecture and landscape architecture 2003, Carmel)

From Carmel Valley Estate


Other times a built in planter will mitigate a steep grade via terracing.

(master plan for exterior architecture and land architecture 2005, Marin)

From California Gardening


(master landscape plan, 2002 Marin)

From portfolioMay08.jpg


(planting plan and partial hardscape plan with Tom Galli L.A. , Marin 2009)


From New Album 6/2/09 4:27 PM


From Water fountains in the landscape


From R E D

5 comments:

Rainforest Gardener said...

Those landscapes look absolutely amazing! I've always liked the idea of built in planters even as a kid, but then I wanted them indoors... that would be kind of cool.

Tammy said...

Beautiful planters! Lots of ideas there. We put in a large terraced bed a few years ago. We both love it.

rebecca Sweet said...

Beautiful examples of built-in planters, Michelle. It's easy to see you've truly mastered them - my favorite it the one from 2005 in Marin (with the craftsman style lanterns). Just gorgeous!

Deviant Deziner, aka Michelle said...

Good morning,
I thought this might be a good partner to the Designers Round Table post about planting containers.
It expands and broadens the focus from just a single potted container to include the entire surrounding landscape and the relation to the architecture and surrounding landscape architecture.

forest said...

Ooh, can I live there? And there? And...