Aegis Rodgers Park - English Gardens
A retirement home builder came to Turnstone with two empty courtyards and a desire to create an old English Garden theme for the residents. This slideshow depicts the versatility of concrete as well as different stages of the design in its conception and execution.
Out of gallery
To start, Turnstone was shown courtyards that were attached to the building that had some planting opportunities, but were basically blank slates.
The Client expressed their interest, through some photo references, in creating Old English Gardens in the barren courtyard spaces. Archways, creeping ivy, old stone walls held together with crumbling mortar were just some of the ideas expressed.
Turnstone filled their artistic blender with all the reference photos and raw desires of the client, then tamed them with logistical parameters and budget concerns. This smoothie recipe gives us a conceptual drawing that gets us one step closer to building.
We fine tune the clients wants and needs, addressing things like stone size, plaster color, depth of water, climbability and containment....
Andrew, our in-house Landscape Architect and CAD guru, analyzes and designs how our work can interphase with the existing structure.
Our three dimensional shapes are formed out of epoxy anchored rebar and lath. After the shotcrete is placed, the formations become a structural element.
Irrigation and Drainage
The architectural elements with planters get sleeves for irrigation and drainage piped into our rebar and lath matrix.
Before we can age and give character to the stones that will make up the archways and windows, we need to form the shotcrete as if it were new stones. The concrete carving technique, with few exceptions, is a subtractive process.
Removing the Forms
OMG, is it starting to look like something? The faux stones are carved revealing textures and the maturity of hundreds of years of outdoor weathering. Now the wall is ready for the artistic stucco.
The stucco, which is comprised of our structural concrete mix, is mechanically bonded to the substrate with anchor pins and wire mesh.
Here, the coping of the grotto and the flanking pillar planter are textured while the structural coat of the pillar and grotto are still developing. The uppermost part of the grotto is a two foot deep planter with irrigation and a drain.
Irregular stones are carved as they would have been stacked. A nice contrast to the symmetry of the coping stones.
In English gardens there is such a thing as a Folly, which is something that is constructed primarily for decoration. In this case, a Great Horned Owl to discourage seagulls and crows from taking over the place. This owl was sculpted out of clay, molded, then cast in concrete.
The stones are painted to characterize each stone. Darkening of the cracks and crevices adds depth to an essentially flat horizontal structure. The stucco is a warm beige.
At this point, the client noticed that after their allotted furniture was placed, there would be some empty space, and asked if we had any ideas. We always have ideas!! How about a sweet sundial?!
Our structural water feature is coated with a flexible cementitious waterproofing compound, and all penetrations are sealed with rubberized boots ensuring a watertight shell. We at Turnstone are experts in the waterproofing field.
The feature is adjusted to maximize efficiency in the pump and thoroughness in the filtering operation.
This feature has a very living feel to it with the inclusion of the broad plantings so we decided to give our concrete creation the premium treatment of replicated mosses.
Finished Window Openings
The widow openings will be home to some fabulous murals and iron work courtesy of the client.