Art meets architecture meets horticulture - check out these original and inventive landscape designs for both public and private spaces.
Here we've selected several of the most original and inventive examples of landscape design from across the world for your inspiration, from urban to suburban, public spaces to private residences.
A unique melting pot of art, architecture and horticulture, landscape design is a design and art tradition in its own right, and a continuing source of amazing visual concepts and ideas. Landscape design focuses on both the integrated master landscape planning of a property and the specific garden design of landscape elements and plants within it. So here are our favourites - enjoy!
This gorgeously execution 3D visualisation of an impeccable and art deco landscape design was created by Polish designer Michal Nowak. The horizontal aspect flows throughout each aspect of the house, from the floor to the ceiling.
02. A house of glass
Two young artists quit their jobs to build this glass house for a mere $500. Photographer Nick Olson, 27, who works with old-fashioned labor-intensive photographic processes, and designer Lilah Horwitz, 23, who makes 'site-specific clothing,' met at an artist’s residency in Pennsylvania.
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03. Fogo Island
These artists studios are part of an inspiring project made by a Fogo Island native to help attract more people to the island. Fogo Island is a small island next to a big island in the northern Atlantic ocean. Take a look at photographer Alex Strohl's website for more photos.
04. Crown House
Polish designer Michal Nowak creates another stunning 3D visualisation with this design for the 'Crown House'. The razor sharp edges and beautiful execution make this a landscape design to marvel at. If only we could spend a night or two here!
05. Reyhan Bridge
Italian creator Dimitri Waltritsch says, "Constructing a gate to a residential complex might be considered a privilege for an architect, as it allows him to get in touch with the most intimate side of people’s everyday life. The entrance will warmly receive the people back home, and bless them before they leave for their daily activities in the world."
06. Familiar House
Tranquill and extremely modernist, A-cero presents one of its last projects in single family houses in Marbella. The design aimed to adapt the house to the environment and achieve excellent views of the Mediterranean Sea. Gorgeous in every way.
07. BUGA 05 Playground
This playground designed by Rainer Schmidt Landschaftsarchitekten had us gawping in awe. The playful exterior allows children to explore and imagine new worlds, whilst not being inhabited by large structures or dangerous playground equipment.
08. Sue Dobias Garden
This beautiful garden is also known as Sue Dubois garden is located in London. The garden was designed by the famous garden designer Joe Swift, who also presents the BBC programme Gardener's World. This landscape design also features in his book The Plant Room.
09. Shinnyo-do Zen Garden
A modern Zen Garden at Shinnyo-do in Kyoto, Japan designed by Chisao Shigemori, who also happens to be the grandchild of famous garden designer, Mirei Shigemori. Striking landscape design seems to run in this family!
10. Garden of Louis XIV
The garden of Louis XIV in Versailles, France is probably one of the world's most famous gardens. Built for Louis XIV and designed by Andre Le Notre it's a landscape design classic that ticks all the right boxes. Stunning and timeless.
In Santa Monica, California, two major construction projects are underway. The new seven-acre new Tongva Park, Ken Genser Square, and adjacent streetscapes will provide a pivotal link between the Civic Centre and its major cultural, natural, and economic assets.
The site will reconnect the northern and southern portions of the City that have been bisected by the freeway. Frederick Fisher and Partners, Buro Happold, Fluidity Design Consultants, Horton Lees Brogden, Perry & Associates, Greenlee and Associates and Merry Norris Contemporary Art have all collaborated on the project.
We love these designs from Madrid-based studio abmarquitectos, part of a second stage competition proposal to restyle the Greek capital.
Its landscape designs are based on the classic themes of Greek culture - including the arts around Omonias Square, democracy around the Parliament building, and philosophy around the university - with Green thinking and the principles of sustainable design running through the project.
While entering the courtyard of Hotelschool in Amsterdam you find yourself wondering around Daan Roosegaarde’s latest project Boo. These 6m high pillars of light and sound are Roosegaarde’s latest illusive landscape of light.
'Boo' is inspired by the connection between Europe and Asia. The 'zen garden from Asia' is dominated by huge pillars of interactive LED light. While walking through the poles, the sound of enhanced crickets surrounds the visitor and one can see the green lights challenging them to interact.
This urban sculpture park in Seattle is located on a industrial site at the water's edge, which opened in 2007. The park was designed by Weiss/Manfredi Architects, along with Charles Anderson Landscape Architecture and other consultants
The design creates a continuous constructed landscape for art, forms an uninterrupted Z-shaped "green" platform, and descends 40 feet from the city to the water, capitalizing on views of the skyline and Elliot Bay and rising over the existing infrastructure to reconnect the urban core to the revitalized waterfront.
15. Columbus Circle
Columbus Circle, named after Christopher Columbus, is a major landmark and point of attraction in Manhattan, and the point from which all official distances from New York City are measured.
The most redesign, by Olin, was the recipient of the 2006 American Society of Landscape Architects' General Design Award Of Honor. It was based on concentric rings of movement and light, to elicit the feeling that the circle is not only the centre of the city, but the center of the universe.
Netherlands based studio Vollaerszwart produced this innovative typographical landscape design. This vegetal space is an original social space that's sure to push boundaries and offer a unique experience to visitors.
This beautiful and original park was designed by Diller Scofido + Renfro in New York City. The built-in and elevated park offers an original and futuristic perspective on the city bringing vegetal and organic elements into the core of the city.
Another breathtaking, dynamic and original creation from by Diller Scofido + Renfro Studios. This tilted garden/park space gives visitors a unique experience of the city.
19. The Blossom Gate
Austria-based designer Chris Precht took inspiration from traditional south Asian calligraphy to propose this incredibly inspiring design for the entrance to a myrtle garden in the Chinese city of Xiangyiang. An innovative structure suitable for a multi-purpose space.
New York based designer John Becker designed this beautifully complex urban space. The futuristic transporting theme is an inspiring example of the extent to which ideas can be pushed, and put into practice in the near future.
Once an architect, now a designer, Egyptian Hazem Treasure of Antbrush Communication came up with this labyrinth like design for an online contest by SIMENS to design a city in the desert. A beautiful and origianal application of Eastern design principles.
22. Rupe House
Italian design house Bamboo Studio came up with this innovative in-earth design space for a work currently in progress. The hidden house makes the most of its surroundings and becomes an integral part of this beautiful landscape.
Connor Nicholas created this organically shaped and inspiring design for an environmental learning centre. With its nature-inspired shapes, each classroom is specifically designed for its function.
Mette Kirk is a landscape designer and architect based in Denmark. This innovative design focuses on creating sustainable and energy saving space. A unique roof tilting design saves on both energy and space, as well as being aesthetically unique.
Weiss/Manfredi created a inspirational garden that blends well into the surroundings - making it look like a natural part of Brooklyn.
26. Dalian Library
Hong Kong has always been a source of great innovation in terms of design and advanced technology. This library, a competition proposal by 10 Design, plays with unique shapes, offering a futuristic experience to audiences.
The French based designers worked on creating this unique design for a vertical tower in Zaabeel park, Dubai, focused on sustainability and ecological restraints. The design by Mekene Architecture harnesses nature’s visual inspiration to create this oversized plant-like building.
28. Sun City
Stephen Tamiesie proposes this very refined and minimalist design focusing on suburban landscapes in Arizona. The calculated positioning of each element create a subtle and clean space.
Olso based design studio Various Architects designed this multi-facility space which is sure to inspire the museum's content with its organic and generous movement within the shape, favouring light and space with a very modern approach.
30. Centrum Muzyki
This originally shaped music centre based in Poland is brought to you by the Offtrip collective. Aimed to celebrate music, this irregular structure offers not only this but facilitates for shopping centres and commerce equally.
31. Lleida Square
Barcelona offers a variety of beautiful landscape designs both modern and more traditional approaches recognised work wide. Another example of the vegetal influence, this was the creation of New York based Italo-Argentinean architect Georgina.
An innovative approach to enhancing a brand image through the use of amazing landscape design is what Malta based designers JEMS have proposed with the Bulebel Monument design working with metal material and prism forms.
Evan Lai Landscape Design was asked to design a rooftop of a gritty East Village town house in New York City. The client, who is of Scandinavian descent, was looking for a refined garden that did not compromise functionality. The garden is defined by a neutral stone with cement finish, but is brought to life by green-tinted resin panels.
This beautiful residence in Los Osos was designed by Stephanie Reed, working with a beautifully composed placement with the plants used. A carefully consideration of colours in perfect harmony with the use of different matters within the landscape such as rock and soil.
35. Kim Residence
Another design by Reed, this more simplistic approach harnesses the beauty of nature and the use of plants to great effect. Surrounding the house in vegetation creates a wild yet creative feel through the texture and colour choices made.
36. Wedding Chapel
Overtreders W is a Netherlands based collective awarded for many urban landscape designs specialising in installation pieces. This specific example is an original and temporary wedding installation, with a very minimal design and use of material as well as form.
Have you seen an amazing landscape design? Let us know about it in the comments!
Contributions: Meryem Meg
Meryem Meg is a Leeds-based graphic designer and illustrator whose inspiration lies in melodic word play and typographic experimentation. Follow her on Twitter at @meryemmeg.