Landscape Design for a Private Residence in West Siberia
The foundation for the concept was the idea of “doing no harm”. Already lush pristine nature, diverse landscape, and water streams did not require radical changes or authoritarian inserting of desired objects – it is in principle contrary to the spirit of Japanese landscape design. Delicate modifications and subtle nuances were enough to transform the site into an ideal resting place for the client. Pathways between buildings are hidden between the slopes, terraces, and meditation areas are surrounded by greenery. Everything is designed so that people do not disturb each other, even when they are in relative proximity, so everyone can choose whether they want to spend time alone or join the company.
At the customer’s request, the Japanese designer added an open-air solid stone bathtub that is similar to a rotenburo at hot springs in Japan. The streams and stones in the Japanese garden symbolize mountains and rivers; the flowing water between the stones and the sound of its flow immediately add a Japanese touch to the landscape, so a small waterfall between the ponds was added to complement the atmosphere.
The concept of a residence lost in nature meant that all the auxiliary buildings should be hidden from view. We suggested using the existing landscape and hiding the buildings in the folds of the terrain. In this way, when looking at the site from different points, a person sees different things, and those who get there for the first time may not even realize that the hill next to them is actually a garage.