Lilith Yevseyeva. Outdoor. November 27th , 2017.
Nature has always held an abiding allure for people, offering many marvels that we strive to comprehend and conquer, or simply ponder and peruse. With intelligent thought, design and technology, engineers and architects have surmounted numerous challenges in order to provide new perspectives on nature. Viewpoints and vantage points are especially attractive design propositions. Those with unusual forms and gravity defying angles capture our imagination, affording countless pleasing views of nature’s magnificent bounty. The recent solar eclipse—a total eclipse visible within a band across the United States on 21 August 2017—was a reminder of our desire to view and observe the power of nature. The following physical viewpoints each give viewers a chance too interact with nature in different ways.
Another Norwegian lookout, Seljord Watchtower was designed by Oslo and Bodø-based Rintala Eggertsson Architects. The watchtower was partly conceived and installed as a tribute to ‘Selma’, a legendary sea serpent living in the adjacent lake. The Seljord municipality is often visited by tourists, locals and avid bird-watchers. The twelve-metre-high tower has a periscope-like appearance and three lookout points: one at the tower’s apex, looking across Seljord lake, and two en route to the top. Also designed by Saunders Architecture, Stokke Forest Stair in Øye Sculpture Park, Norway, was completed in 2012. A clever woodland installation, the stairway provides the visitor with an elevated vantage point above the forest’s floor. The Stokke Forest Stair was transported by helicopter, and a careful analysis of the site meant no trees were felled in order to accommodate the structure.
Even when you group “like” plants, sometimes less is more. The neatly spaced succulents below are striking in their form, and the fact that they are separated by a blanket of basalt gravel makes them all the more prominent: Just as many modern landscaping techniques involve using gravel as a base, the use of greenery as a base can add interest and a sense of abundance. For example, planting rosemary around the base of a tree creates a green “stage” and makes the tree’s setting all the more special. Above and below, we see rosemary at the base of a crape myrtle tree. The tree’s pink blossoms are extra vibrant against the greenery that surrounds them. You can take this same concept and apply it to smaller additions around your yard, such as greenery in planters. For example, moss beautifully offsets the green succulent in the next featured planter.
With summer firmly here, life outside seems more enticing than spending time indoors. And it is the backyard, patio, or the poolside deck that takes up most of our time each evening, as we bask in the warmth of dusk. It helps to have a luxurious array of outdoor décor that serves you well in the months to come, as you plan for fall parties and even early winter celebrations in the yard. Few offer a better range of luxurious and enduring outdoor décor like Tribu and today we shed a light on their gorgeous Mood Collection designed by Studio Segers. An ultra-luxurious, resilient and all-weather collection of outdoor décor, we first stumbled upon Mood as we took a look at the exquisite Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza. The striking collection in wood comes with a handwoven Tricord body that is water-resistant. Each of the lounge chairs, daybeds and club chairs comes in either stonegrey or earthbrown, ensuring that your outdoor décor has a natural vibe and blend into the earthen landscape. The best part about this versatile outdoor seating series is how you can leave them uncovered even on those drizzly days, without worrying about damage from rain. Plush cushions, smart low benches from the Mood collection and beautiful lighting can be used to complete your charming and relaxing patio for the perfect staycation. A great way to enjoy the sights and sounds around you as you bask in warm summer glow; even while being draped in luxury.
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