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design & words Amir Schlezinger
Unique Rock Gardens
Unique rocks make one-off gardens through limitless self-expression; singular, scenic and lastingly sustainable in a gradually artificialised, coercively polluting universal state of affairs. Natural stone provides an abundant, accessible, diverse and cost-effective resource, enabling low maintenance garden design solutions for time-pressed lifestyles. Primeval intrinsicality to contemporary ubiquity, modern rock gardens encapsulate the spiritual, sculptural and seductive facets of untamed nature, where stone is harmonised among foliage and water in sheer timelessness. Boundless, classless and imaginatively fearless, man-made rockscapes pay bedrock homage to immersive landscapes as curative cornerstones of charismatic design and craftsmanship.
Contemporary juxtapositions of natural rocks, stone and aggregates.
Split, sawn, honed, chiselled or intactly preserved, natural stones encompass a vast spectrum of provenances, utilities and attributes which consolidate contemporary rock gardens. Inorganically rather stimulating, these distinct landscape design building blocks empower both limitlessness of creativity and uniqueness of site, when solidity of outlines, logistics and longevity embrace architectural gardens with spiritual weightiness. Quarryman to shipper, haulier to foreman and garden designer to stonemason, this process of sustainable recycling and reclamation defines ecologically beneficial, freethinking artistry.
Minimalist detailing of granite, sandstone, quartz and pebbles.
Every single aspect of the natural world finds its restful niche in the matchless ambit of modern rock gardens, where refined juxtapositions of form, line and texture distil a compelling metaphorization of stone, water and foliage. This visual incisiveness, driven by clarity of ideas and accomplished through sculptural simplicity, materialises in detail designs which are integral to overall layouts yet autonomous in their narratives. Calibrations, trims, junctures, gaps and finishes articulate vital contrast, when the inexhaustible materials palette of modern rock gardens achieves its contours via highly skilful stonework.
Modern garden design and build project with natural materials.
Envisioning the ultimate contemporary rock garden is one thing; transferring its essence from a conceptual drawing to a solid position on site is another matter altogether. Recceing for standout materials, strategising cranage and preparing groundworks all assume a journey analogous to that of their rugged subject matter. While we aspire to authentically preserve original visions, in-situ actualisation naturally shoulders hands-on tweaks, since selective scale, contours, volume, quantities and orientations aren't always the legacies of provisional precision, but of artistic improvisation and constructional qui vive – the keystones of an interdependent landscape design & build team.
Integrated seating areas within a modern natural rock garden design.
While Japanese temple gardens are designed as pure vistas, and traditional rockeries are created as gardening gateways, modern rock gardens incorporate all aspects of outdoor living – distinguished by immersive seating. Creative interspersion of plants completes these natural environments, forsaking conventional borders by integrating planting designs which engender up-close and textural experiences rather unexpectedly through gravel beds, chasms, clefts, craters and crevices. Companionably, rocks and plants form multilayered, highly sculptural focal points; dispersed across multiple perspectives, their presence envelopes diverse seating, lounging and alfresco dining.
Night-time illumination highlights the qualities of natural rock face.
Every rockscape, natural or man-made, glistens poetically when sunrays suffuse its many faces, and likewise, at dusk, while lighting epically grazes alluring nooks and crannies, the three-dimensional authenticity of contemporary rock gardens elevates sensory daytime familiarities into tantalising twilight unknowns. Rugged gradation to naturalistic dispersion, these uniquely unrepeatable patterns embody the inimitable irregularity of irreplaceable rockiness, when selectively illuminated. Similarly to the exploratory processes of boulder placing and luminaire manipulation, myriads of undiscovered surfaces unveil their intrinsic and symbiotic phenomena within accidental exchanges. Mosses, minerals, crystals and fossils, strewn randomly across folds, cambers and laminations, evoke perceptions of geological evolution: telluric, temporal, transcendent – dynamised in linear low-voltage...