Landscape Design for a Residence in the Leningrad Region
In this project we have integrated a Japanese garden into the landscape of the Leningrad region, hiding in it everything necessary for daily life – from a garage to a spa. The client came to us with ideas that he got from historical movies, literally quoting a scene from a particular work. He wanted to see a traditional Japanese garden on a half-hectare plot in the Leningrad region near an old pine forest. When creating the landscape, it was necessary to preserve all the pine trees, fence off the plot from the neighbors’ eyes as much as possible, and place several buildings inconspicuously.
The Japanese landscape firm created a “kaiyushiki teien,” a garden with a path that goes around the pond. A path of white pebbles runs throughout the garden, passing through a small rocky beach and the hunter’s lodge, a small room in the traditional Japanese style for tea parties and relaxation. Along the way is a rotenburo, an open-air bath; similar baths can often be found at Japanese hot springs. It offers a view of the island, which is connected to the banks of the pond by elegant bridges. The pond has three levels, and in one of the levels the water depth is about two meters – so you can go into the water right from the terrace of the main house. Excavated soil is distributed throughout the site to create ups and downs natural for a Japanese landscape. A distinctive feature of Japanese gardens is that the path must be uneven, looping, so that each turn opens a new view.
The spa complex with sauna and gym is placed underground and covered by grass on top. In the lounge room, one of the walls is made entirely of glass and faces the pond. Thus, those in the room can simultaneously see both what is under the water and on the pond surface. A parking lot for five cars is hidden behind the uneven landscape.