builders approached us to create a never before seen landscape in the
heart of Chennai for their corporate office, our creative juices started
flowing. The actual site is a relatively tiny 1/4 acre housing 3 single
- storey structures leaving all but 15,000 sq.ft. to be landscaped.
The concept was to blur all the boundaries and to create a landscape that
would seem larger than the site actually was. The answer was to create
a waterscape that disappeared and emerged from behind thick ferns, bamboo
and other exotic plants, giving the impression that the buildings were
surrounded by water. The central reception area was floated above the
water and was totally glassed to give a 360° view all around. Large
rocks and terraces were created and planted out to hide the boundary walls
and to give a sense of depth. A large cascade and several smaller cascades
pour into the waterbody that has no 'built' edges, and is alive with schools
of koi carp.
The water is crystal clear down to the pebbled floor, courtesy a bio-filter
that we use to clean the water and prevent the growth of algae. The photographs
give you a better idea of what we mean. The result is one of the most
spectacular landscapes we have ever produced, and one of the most private
spaces in the city. While most landscapes may fade away into the night,
this landscape becomes even more spectacular at nightfall with feature
lights and underwater lighting imparting the warmest hues to the waterscape.
This is one of our finest signature landscapes and we are extremely proud
to say so.