Art meets architecture meets horticulture - check out these original and inventive landscape designs for both public and private spaces.
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.
Here we've selected 30 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. 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.