Particularly critical when an exterior site has gone missing, interior landscaping may need to project a more impactful design response. Occasionally, it also is an opportunity to present visitors with an outstanding design that rivals stunning artful interiors.
With Fortune’s smile, there will be an accommodating spatial volume allowing a three-dimensional solution. Defining the vertical focal points may be the most difficult decision. Once located, however, the rest falls into place in the horizontal dimension.
Questions are resolved with a few paper mass sculptures to learn what works. This is easy to do with butcher’s paper crushed and sewn together with hemp. This saves time on the other end, when hours seem to collapse as a design moves towards the finish line.
Designing to Art
When the venue expresses a particular artistic gesture, a challenge opens up to provide a design that dares. Pulling out all the stops is in order and it can be difficult for a designer to decide whether or not to push the envelope and go beyond a design that just supports the existing interior décor. Either way, innovation ahead makes for an interesting design journey.
Spaces that Guide
Here are radical designs that guide interior landscaping.
These spaces encourage the kind of design that asserts itself gracefully, with a healthy dose of contrast, keeping the interest level consistent with the architecture’s original intent – Order vs. Unique, for instance. Without this, the green design becomes ancillary rather than a full participant in the space.
All things being equal, a balance is created when the “enough” factor is carefully considered, as well as the practical aspects of “doable” as far as maintenance is concerned. The Art Gallery of Ballarat is one such example. The bold fascinating ceiling is striking in the extreme: Instead of ignoring the articulated angles, the plants are made a feature of the design. This causes a green response that pulls “order” into the space to pay homage to the ceiling with its contrasting rationale in full support of the original design intent.
Space Invites Contrast
The theatre lobby space almost defies description. What could an interior landscape design possibly do with support that finds the same level of interest and doesn’t just perform a static service?
In responding to a design that makes a bold statement, the landscape designer has an opportunity to match the design with its own radical configuration or, again, point up the unique spatial organization with an orderly contrast.
With a strong ceiling interest, using tall materials are bound to point up the importance the ceiling deserves, while the glass skylights will provide an adequate supply of light for the Australian fern. Their graceful fronds set up a striking contrast with the strong lines of the almost brutalist treatment on the surrounding surfaces. Visitors will enjoy the bold installation the green softness provides. Placing the fern in various sizes will contribute to the strength of the design intent with a bold, lively counterpoint.
These design motifs serve both cases with solutions that enliven the space with an artful imagination.
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