An awesome case study on concrete work design The Following is an excerpt case from the Book "Patio and Stone" by Tom Wilhite on Concrete on page 36.
I just thought this project was so cool I had to share some insights for concrete design:
" Concrete Cool
Landscape designer Bernard trainer designed his renowned Garden in Los Altos, California, just south of the San Francisco Bay.
Centered in the view from the living room windows, a recirculating Fountain fashion from a shallow bowl forms of subtly shimmering focal point. Curving around it is a concrete wall that is the perfect height for seating; it also separates the space near the house from the Wilder landscape Beyond without obscuring the view.
The wall stretches between two pairs of Chinese Elms originally planted decades ago by the celebrated landscape architect Thomas Church. A second, linear wall serves as a boundary between the entry and the pool area Beyond.
The Elements Curbing wall. The s-shaped concrete wall with poured-in-place into sections. After the forms were removed, the service was hand troweled to give it a smooth, organic service with natural variations in color.
Bull found him. A wide low-profile concrete bull constantly overflows into a bed of gravel. The bull rest on a great that conceals a water reservoir containing a recirculating pump.
Gravel walk. For the wide walkway near the house, train or chose Hollister Round Rock, a three-quarter inch gravel that is large enough not to be picked up in shoe Treads and tracked into the house.
Linear wall. With a plaster surface that perfectly matches that of the house, a straight wall makes a striking contrast to its curved counterpart. At night, unobtrusive up lights turn the taller wall into a glowing highlight.
Pool with Fountain. A rectangular swimming pool surrounded by rugged plants fits this Landscapes aesthetic perfectly. To bring the sound of running water to the Garden, a bronze pipe extends from a poolside hedge of dwarf olives and spills water into the pool in a never-ending stream.
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