23 October 2020
Creating sustainability within lush outdoor spaces

Landscapes are extensions of a building´s architecture - outdoor spaces that go beyond aesthetics, often stretching homes from the inside to the outside. Even more, landscapes add value, from blocking sunlight which can decrease heat on siding and pavement, to creating microclimates with shade trees.

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"Landscaping with a purpose is how we go about every project, says Enzo Enea of Enea Garden Design. He is the landscape architect for the 57-story Missoni Baia in Biscayne Bay."Sustainability is integral to our philosophy.For Missoni Baia, we saw an opportunity to connect the landscape with the building in a sustainable way."

"Creating spaces where people can connect with nature, providing key plant selections throughout , conscious functional spatial design and linking site relationships are the conceptual ideas we focused on to contribute to the success of the project," Enea says.


"The goal is always to understand the patterns of the sun to create a microclimate with the tree canopy that shades a garden and makes it a comfortable place for people to gather. When we designed the streetscape and entrance we wanted to have a lot of vegetation at the base of the building at the pedestrian level so residents and guests can pause to enjoy the landscape around them. We feel it creates a sense of arrival as the enter the building," he explains.

"The vegetation and landscaping lowers the temperature of the surrounding environment, making it more pleasant to be outdoors on a hot day," says Valdislav Doronin chairman and CEO of OKO Group, the developer of Missoni Baia. "Our extensive amenity deck includes five outdoor swimming pools, which help create a cooler atmosphere in the Miami heat when the breeze from the bay flows over the surface of the water, dropping the temperature for the cabanas and near by relaxation areas."

The amenity level is quite notable, Enea says.In collaborating with the Missoni Baia designs, the concept was to create an iconic Olympic size pool with Missoni colors on the terrace while building a microclimate of lush platings and Pitch Apple trees (Clusia rosea), where users can lie in the sun or enjoy the shade of the cabanas.


The function of the spaces is the most important facet in the landscape design, says Keith Bongirno, LandDesign director of planning and landscape architecture for the firm´s Florida projects. "Seamless outdoor living is popular in South Florida, and one of the key components to doing that effectively is creating shade. You can do that through landscape canopy trees, fabric canopies and even trellis features." he says "Once you get the form and specs, then you can apply a variety of techniques to create sustainable design. If a commercial project is going for LEED ratings, then using recycled materials such as decking and glass or aluminium tiles can help."

Using solar power LED lighting is an effective way to illuminate the landscape and outdoor-use areas without a lot of energy consumption, Bongirno says "limiting the use of sod and turf and replacing them with drought-tolerant groundcover and using synthetic turf for outdoor activities or pet areas can reduce irrigation use. Using native plants that are drought-tolerant is also a good idea."

Bongirno encourages utilizing drip irrigation and bubblers, a form of sprinkler installed next to the plants to provide a localized and low pressure flow of water. Permeable pavers in street and driveway areas can provide an alternative to plants because they self drain. light color paving provides solar reflectivity as well.

Read the full story by Tonie Auer for The Wall Street Journal Mansion here: http://ereader.wsj.net/?editionStart=The+Wall+Street+Journal