Our Design Process | Embrace Landscapes

Our Design Process

When we look at a space for the first time we want to be looking at it through the same lens as you, and so we want to hear about your world as it is now before we talk about how a new space can change it.

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Our Design

Our designs stem from the deeply held belief that landscapes are multidimensional and as such, the more dimensions you can access the more space you can create. We access additional dimensions through the use of both the latest technology in landscape automation and through time-tested design principles.

With automation technology, we can create spaces that can transform between different states while maintaining a sense of balance. With the appropriate design, a space can be both an enclosure that creates a strong sense of refuge and a stage for entertaining. It is the appropriate use of technology that allows a space to seamlessly transition between these two states.

Entertainment systems that appear from ceiling cavities, hidden BBQs that rise out of a deck floor and a dining table that emerges from a stone wall are all examples of how spaces can be transformed from a space of refuge to space for entertaining.

Through considered design, we ensure that the spaces we create instil a sense of comfort by being balanced regardless of which state they are in. Focalization is a key landscape design principle and a strong focal point creates a sense of consistency between the different states our designs accommodate. While a space may transform from a state of refuge to a state of entertainment, the focal point will remain the same and in a sense, it connects the two states.In our designs, interesting proportions may appear as emergent, but in fact, they are engineered visual elements and the result of carefully considered arrangements that create lines which connect and organise the design in a way that draws people into the space.

Through the repetition of selected visual elements and considered intervals we create spaces that have their own rhythm and through the use of technology to modify points of interest in the design we can create tone and set moods.Spaces don’t just exist. They can be created.

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Who we work with:

“We want to collaborate with people who are open to all the possibilities of what a space can become, who will engage in some perceptive reframing, who believe that a space can be re-contextualised and metamorphosed. People who want to create novel and immersive environments. People who want to create a space of aesthetic arrest.”

Our Landscape Design Process

Our process starts with you, the people, pets and places you love and the space you dream about creating.When we look at a space for the first time we want to be looking at it through the same lens as you, and so we want to hear about your world as it is now before we talk about how a new space can change it.

What does a day in your life look like and how does your garden influence it? How do you spend your time now and what does a good day look like?

Then we talk about the space. What is it, what could it be? We want to hear your ideas, but we don’t intend to be just a passenger on this journey…we plan to drive. You can expect us to push the limits of design, challenge your thinking and collaborate with you to create a space that has a positive impact on all the people in it.

We find new dimensions. This is the fundamental difference between Embrace Landscapes and the rest. We think beyond two dimensions to create spaces that can transform. We leverage technology and automation to physically change spaces.

We author. We don’t start designing with the end in mind, instead we ideate, exploring a spaces potential states and designing focal points that can tie the landscape together, finding places in spaces that may otherwise be underutilised and ultimately creating landscapes that are generative and programmed to cue moods and experiences.

You steward. We will have tried to instil your personal narrative in the designs we present to you and we will discuss opportunities to improve the design. This can be an anxiety provoking process and, while we will be there to address your concerns and make modifications as you require, we will nudge you and we expect you to nudge us back.

We collaborate. Once we have agreed on a design we collaborate with the best landscape construction firms in the industry to bring the design to life. We work with the landscapers to ensure that the plans are interpreted correctly, that the details are delivered and that we leave you with a space that draws you in and inspires you.

Our thoughts shape our spaces and our spaces return the favor

Stephen Johnson

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