Modern landscape design is a modernization of mid-century modern or Modernist garden design, which dates from the 1950s or earlier when residential architecture expressed optimism and rooflines jutted exuberantly into space. Things became more ordered later, with geometric sections and polymorphic shapes. Garrett Eckbo, Lawrence Halprin, and Thomas Church, among other notable 20th-century landscape architects and designers, paved the way for today’s new or forward-thinking designers.
This is, more or less, contemporary.
Classic and contemporary architecture are frequently confused. To make matters even more confusing, mid-century modern architecture was referred to as “contemporary” in the 1950s and 1970s. Nobody had heard of or referred to the period as “mid-century” at the time. It was contemporary if it wasn’t Ranch, Colonial, or Victorian but was modern.
1. Contemporary Vancouver
The deep-seating furniture is set back to take in the view of this relaxed, modern yard in Vancouver, British Columbia, with lime-green cushions. Landscape 2000 of Vancouver, British Columbia, designed the space, which features an architectural wood pergola and takes advantage of a bold vertical garden wall. The lime and chartreuse plants can be found in the garden.
2. Landscape Design for Pools and Spas
Chris Corbett, a landscape and residential designer based in Sacramento, California, uses natural materials such as stone and wood in his work. A focal point water feature with scones that flow into the pool and integrated spa is included in this pool and yard project.
3. Costa Rican Landscaping in the 21st Century
Jen Speirs is a plant stylist and designer based in Costa Rica’s Saint Teresa. Using local rocks and stones, she combines succulents, cactus, and tropical plants into eye-catching architectural (clean and simple) pot arrangements and planter beds.
4. Greenwich Green Revival Mod
What does a Greek Revival house built about 1840 in Greenwich Village have to do with a modern garden design article? Ok, no law says you have to decorate as though it’s 1839. Designer Axis Mundi used the vertical space to add plants and gain privacy to the limited outdoor space. Paola Lenti designed the bright red-orange seats.
5. Stone Landscaping in Cities
For this contemporary home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Ruhlstudio collaborated with landscape architect Gregory Lombardi Design. The water feature provides a focal point while also absorbing noise from the street.
6. Landscaping in the Spanish Garden
In Molina de Segura, Spain, a walled garden uses filtered sunlight to cultivate tropical plants like a bird of paradise. For the modern room, designer Alberto Garcia chose sun-resistant hardwood furniture and emerald pillows as color accents.
7. Mod Mumbai
The futuristic vibe of a Mumbai highrise condo extends to the balcony, where backlit laser-cut Corian was used for wall attraction by KNS Architects. Those mid-mod-inspired chairs resemble the 1960s and early 1970s spun-fiberglass designs.
8. Serene Landscaping
An outdoor patio package fits right in with the horizontal lines of this modern home’s hardscape elements. Those horizontal lines continue with the concrete fountain, low wall, and planting bed that corral horsetail, all designed by Huettl Landscape Architecture (Equisetum hyemale).
9. The Keyhole
The Keyhole was commissioned by Guide Dogs Victoria and shown at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. The room was designed for people with visual impairments by James Dawson Architecture. Dawson, who stressed the other senses in his design, says, “It’s a garden that treats the sighted and unsighted as equals.”
Plants with textured leaves, such as the giant liriope, have a tactile experience.
Sound: An IP-rated light fixture was paired with a water chandelier.
Smell: An herb garden’s powerful and pleasurable scents
Taste: Vegetables, fruits, and herbs are grown in gardens.
10. Stylish Bedford Yard
You fix it if it’s worth saving. Of course, if it’s a case like this early-nineteenth-century semi-detached London house, you go back to the drawing board. This house had been thoroughly transformed by 2011, with two expansive courtyards that acted as a greenhouse. Nash Baker Architects demolished two existing properties on the property with planning permission, preserved the historic facade of the 19th-century building, and built a larger luxury single-family home.
A calming outdoor space designed by award-winning garden designer Luciano Giubbilei connects two elements of the building. Restrained planting, comfortable outdoor furniture, and a lovely reflecting pool characterize this serene city oasis.