The outside is no more just a place to sit under the sun or a guide leading to another location, owing to the focal points created by designers/architects through emphasising certain areas accompanying several unifying factors within the overall space. Location of such projects are majorly out and open to the public or is an extension of the inner space, which makes it extremely important to understand and analyse the client’s brief, further crystallising it into a design which is unique to the architect’s mind too. Also, it is imperative to perceive the core purpose of the space, for example, is it a sports ground or a garden, as it provides a higher scale of human interaction and that’s how the functionality of the design should be. In spite of permuted design ideas for such spaces it is necessary to maintain the balance and provide an unique form which gives a new meaning to the function.
In today’s time, any industry’s growth rate colossally depends on its adaptive nature towards the emerging trends and techniques. These two, somehow go hand-in-hand, as most of the techniques are born to fulfil the needs of the rapidly changing world. However, the needs can vary considering the location, climate and typology of a particular place. These derived techniques get converted into trends due to their uniqueness. Therefore, it is essential for techniques to be evolved for developing more trends. For instance, vertical landscaping is a newly evolved idea turned into a trend and some fabulous techniques have been generated to make these trends functional and easy to maintain.
Currently, the main aim of landscaping is to minimise both the input of resources and the output of waste in the yards and gardens for which landscaping experts are adopting smart landscaping technologies. Upgrading on sustainable landscaping is not only good for the surrounding and environment, but it will also help in cost reduction as you save more money on utility expenses.
From the use of recycled materials in the construction of a landscape to low-water-use plantation, landscaping professionals are using a multitude of techniques to help people reduce their carbon footprint, conserve more water, and benefit from the rebates and incentives offered to homes with environment-friendly landscapes. Xeriscaping, desertscaping, drip irrigation, and installation of artificial turfs are the four techniques that are most frequently used by landscaping architects.
BLENDING DECOR STYLES
The art decor surely helps in setting and preserving a mood of the whole environment. Before choosing a decor for an outdoor space it is essential to interpret the relevance of that particular place, as human experiences are sometimes closely linked to structures and physical composition of an art. Though the human experience has always included the creation and appreciation of art. But different types of art are often used in different ways because of the feelings they evoke. Emphasising on the importance on the decision of ‘what is to be used where’ Amit Sharma, Principal Architect, Habitat Design, says, “Art decors used for silent speaking of art and architecture in its own way, showing a connection of that place. Seeing the figure in sculpture form helps the viewer get a better sense of all the shapes and how they look from different angles, as opposed to the one perspective that a static picture can provide. All art forms provide us an escape from what we know as reality. Sculpture tends to do this on a more personal level because it’s closer to something we know. It’s a similar representation of the way we live and how our senses interpret the world around us. ”
The major challenge is to introduce and implement an idea which is practically relevant, workable with existing situations and on top of every aspect, it should be useful. According to Ar. Chirag Bhatia, Director, Studio Machaan, the first and the foremost challenge is the mindset of people which refuses to give attention to outdoor and green spaces. Explaining further Bhatia, says, “It needs to be understood that an outdoor space is more than growing plants and grass. Apart from this, there are several other challenges that a designer encounters. These can be technical as well as design specific challenges. One such challenge that awaits the designers is the restrictions on the materials and finishes that one can use. The materials and finishes should be aesthetically appealing to the clients, should do justice to our design and most importantly they should be durable and low maintenance.”
There are special challenges exposed by external factors. For example if a corner of the outdoor space gets too much sunlight or is too windy then arrangements has to be made in the design to combat these factors. Screening from the neighbourhood is another factor to be kept in mind in order to ensure privacy. Thus vertical landscaping, hedges or concrete walls might have to be incorporated at required areas.
Landscaping surely has a vast spectrum to explore with its increasing application in various segments like, hospitality, homes, public spaces etc. As quality landscaping contributes to the visual impact of a building, treating an outdoor space like a canvas of imagination is the key to designing such spaces.