Mironova Artyomova. Outdoor. November 26th , 2017.
Offering a majestic vista, Aurland Lookout is an architectural marvel. Located in Aurland, Norway—a country crammed with spectacular fjords, lush forests and great mountains—the lookout was designed by Bergen-based Saunders Architecture (a practice established by Canadian architect Todd Saunders in 1998). Completed in 2006, Aurland Lookout is referred to by the architect as ‘a walkway into the void’ and a ‘piece of architectural theater.’ The lookout measures thirty metres in length, and a 1.2-metre-high glass balustrade protects visitors from a sheer, vertical drop. Beyond this transparent barrier, the view of the fjord and mountains is breathtaking.
The Calyx series of armchairs, loveseats, coffee tables and bistro tables hold you with their intricate diamond-shaped weaving pattern and a breezy modern vibe. Each of these fits into a wide array of outdoor lounge decorating styles that range from coastal and shabby chic to modern and minimal. For those who love something more dramatic, curvy and artistic, the Croissant series with its hand-sculpted frame is a great choice. Be it the easy armchair or the spacious sofa, this elegant collection manages to enthrall without disturbing the aura of the natural landscape it sits in. Finally there is the beautiful Oasis Collection – a series where the silhouette of every décor piece is inspired by the shape of a tulip. Built using a polyethylene and aluminum frame, its inherent organic vibe and inviting form bring serenity and style to the modern pool deck, patio or any other outdoor hangout.
This viewing platform by Austrian architect Zamp Kelp, was created for the EXPO 2000 in Hanover, Germany. Curiously sited on the border of an old quarry, the platform juxtaposes a statuesque staircase made using quarry stone with a spectacular cantilevered glass and steel platform. Architectural studio Cooke Fawcett designed a 3.5-metre-wide and thirty-two-metre-long raised platform, that spans the width of a multistorey car park in Peckham, south-east London. Sited on the car park’s rooftop deck, the elevated steel and hardwood timber promenade was completed this year. Called the Peckham Observatory, it offers views across the London skyline as well as the capital’s much overlooked southern neighbourhoods.
Succulents are an ever-popular planter choice, and many modern design lovers create succulent gardens and plantscapes that feature a range of plants in different colors and forms. Reserving a couple of planters for seasonal flowers will give you a spot for an ever-evolving garden of blooms. Don’t be afraid to get inspiration from commercial landscaping. Office buildings and outdoor shopping centers are just two of many locations that often showcase large planters filled with flowers. Note the different color combinations, and snap photos of your favorites so you can take them to your local nursery to find out more about the plants.
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