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Rodeo Drive Condo – Land-scape design

Rodeo Drive Condo – Land-scape design

When he began initially thinking about ways to approach the “green” spaces at Rodeo Drive, Robert Ng’s mind instinctively wandered to the great resort communities in Bali, Indonesia, South China and, of course, sout-hern California. And one image persisted: A magical cliffside space overlooking the ocean. It turned out to be a vision perfectly in sync with the outdoor landscaping oppor-tunities available at Rodeo Drive.  “Because the building is in close proximity to the street, there isn’t a lot of landscaping op-portunity at grade,” notes Ng, a principal at NAK Design Solutions, a firm that has been a force in Canadian public and private land-scape design for over thirty years. “An excit-ing landscape opportunity is the terrace on the 8th floor amenity level. It’s enormous and really does mimic a cliff overlooking an ocean, but in this instance it’s a ‘green ocean’ in the guise of the vast parklands that surround the project. It really is quite breathtaking and re-markably similar to the oceanic vistas you get in those beach communities south of LA.”   The indoor amenity activities overlook the terrace, so Ng was keen it lead it to a focal point, and that “Wow Factor” is created by an elevated negative-edge pool that from a dis-tance gives the illusion of water merging with the sky. The terrace design’s water feature re-flects and mirrors the changing elements of the sky. Next to the pool are an alley of cabanas for relaxation and the lush planting which mimic the “look” of southern spas, whether in Bali or Beverly Hills. “Evergreen boxwoods in a lin-ear fashion define the space,” notes Ng, “and colour will be provided by flowering annuals like red and white impatiens. Pampas grasses in planters along the space’s perimeter move beautifully in the wind creating a ‘living’ land-scape.” “Our ambition for the 8th floor terrace is a space that is pure, minimal,  linear and quite simply an inspiring place to spend time.”  Presently Rodeo Drive provides limited land-scaping opportunity at grade, but when the project is fully built-out, a plaza will connect the buildings giving T.O.’s Rodeo Drive some-thing akin to an LA landscaping vibe. “The signature element in the Southern Cali-fornia landscape are the palm trees because of their magnificent verticality,” says Ng. Along with street furniture, he envisions giv-ing the Rodeo Drive site a similar verticality, but instead of palms he sees columnar trees. “They really do brilliantly mimic that icon-ic central element of LA’s Rodeo Drive, but that’s down the road.”

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