Nowadays minimalist gardens often appear in the neighbourhood of modern housing architecture. The simplicity, economy of expression and symbolism – typical for traditional way of designing gardens – perfectly fit contemporary interpretations. Basic materials which consummately tone in with ‘modern way of green design’ are getting more and more popular. Space is one of the most important factors as far as garden design is concerned. If it is possible, a modern garden ought to create an open space for the landscape which surrounds it and moreover, it should be impressive enough thanks to its simplicity and elegance.
Wood is said to be a classic material which will always remain on top. It may be used for producing many elements of garden architecture such as pergolas, rims, arbours, terraces, fencing, decorations, surfaces, stepping stones, bridges. All those elements bring an individual, outstanding character to the garden interior. It is our decision if we protect them against bad weather conditions using impregnation or we decide to paint them or leave them uncovered.
A material which brings out a unique, individual character of the garden space is glass. This sort of material perfectly separates a private space from semi-private one and it also introduces interesting effects which could be obtained by the use of colored glass. SWON company presents great solutions for using this sort of glass among greenery by combining this universal material with lightning. This helps obtain delicate transitions between garden spheres or interesting water arrangements.
Metal as one of the most trendy materials has recently been used as a supporting construction of larger elements which complement architectural composition in a form of pergolas, bridges or fences. Introducing modern abstract metal sculptures to green space is becoming more and more popular. Those elements make a dominant in a raw arrangement of a garden.
There are not many plants in modern garden. If large groups of plants are planted together, they usually form complex, colorful surfaces, or they can look like green cubes or wavy fiefs. As for the arrangement of gardens, molded plants can be introduced as well because of their architectural form. There can also be used single plants of a very strong character to make them work as dominants. The compositional procedure which helps combine modern garden with elements of architecture is about to create a play of light and shadow between particular plants and the elevation plane or a fence. Architectural qualities can also be highlighted by the rhythm created by the repeatability of plantings. Plants may not only help emphasize these effects, but also mitigate the strict architectural forms in garden design. Modern garden does not only correcpond to modern architecture, but both elements make an aesthetic and functional entirety.