This luxury residential community for the discerning buyer consists of numerous spacious villas, each with their own extensive private gardens. Inspired by classical French architecture and landscape design, the community is very unique in that each villa is sold complete with its interior and landscape already installed, which ensures a level of quality and design continuity throughout.
Upon entering the property through a guarded entry, residents are guided through a series of courtyard gardens, to build drama as well as provide a sense of tranquility and seclusion from the outside. The landscape architecture of these gardens reflects the grand clubhouse building, articulated in the carved limestone and marble cladding and elaborate gilt ornamental metalwork.
Elements in the gardens continue this high classical style, featuring sculptural fountains of carved stone and cast bronze, and dramatic reflecting pools lined in mosaic marble tile. Extensive use of large trees that provide fall and spring color, as well as the many parterre flower gardens, provide a constantly changing scene throughout the year.
Every villa’s design is unique and feels separate from its neighbor, and is designed specifically for its floorplan. Fourteen-foot high walls offer privacy and a sense of security to the gardens which include outdoor kitchens, covered living and dining spaces, focal carved stone fountains, and koi ponds. Lawn areas and parterre gardens round out the verdant environments. In addition, the residents are granted extended access to neighboring private parks, gardens and children’s adventure areas, also designed by Lifescapes International.
Situated directly on the beach in the heart of Acapulco’s Riviera, this distinctive resort-like property presents three towering luxury apartment buildings featuring a total of 150 condominiums. The lush, tropical garden and recreational pool area, situated on the beachfront, are a representational natural extension of the world famous sportive lifestyle that defines Acapulco.
Amidst stellar entertainment and duty-free shopping, hidden away in the most intimate area of the Cotai Strip, lies this classic hotel. An elegant Portuguese colonial-style hotel nestled in a tropical setting, the Four Seasons Macau offers five outdoor pool areas and swim lagoons catering to the young and young-at-heart. Many tropical trees and palms were imported from all over southern China to create the property’s mature resort environment.
Lifescapes revitalized and greatly expanded (to 120,000 sm, or 30 acres) an existing private park and man-made lake to provide an exclusive amenity to homeowners in nearby luxury communities Imperial Mansion and Beijing Demesne. Dubbed Hyde Park, because of its unique, royal-like proportions and amenities, the improvements not only invigorated the open space, they have contributed to the boost in sales at the neighboring properties.
Designed as a statement in contemporary landscape architecture, this modern park integrates specially designed areas with a classical European flare that complement the traditional gardens of Imperial Mansion. The juxtaposition of styles produced the fresh experience the client was looking for to set the development apart from others across China.
To take advantage of the grandeur of Lake Victoria, key vehicular and pedestrian routes were opened up to areas which were previously underutilized. The strolling and jogging path network was expanded to over 1,500 m (nearly a mile) long, improving the flow of traffic to destinations throughout the park. A focal point away from the lake is a 52 m (170 ft) diameter European fountain that features a dancing water show set to music and is surrounded by water plants and a grand shade pavilion.
There are sprawling lawn areas, perfect for community events, which roll into mounding berms with sculptural drama. The spiraling walkway leads down to a tree-lined amphitheater. Meanwhile, weaving through the property are meandering reflection pools – perfect spots for reflection and respite. An ambling 275 m (900 ft) spiral, meditation walk, “Flower Hill,” culminates in a dramatic domed folly at the top of the 6.5 m (21 ft) high peak in which to rest and enjoy the view of the surrounding patterned shrub planting.
A bridge with stylized contemporary scrollwork leads residents from Flower Hill to the forest garden, an area intended to provide another mood as well as a buffer to the adjacent, elevated train tracks. A large granite waterfall which connects the forest back to the park flows into a shallow pond, perfect for summertime play.
For the younger residents, LSI designed a 7,100 sm (1.75 acre) Kid’s Adventure Park on the other side of the lake, away from the rest of the park. Featuring extensive grade changes and custom-made play elements (balance beams, webbed rope equipment, musical play equipment, mazes, and tunnels), this destination promotes children’s mobility, agility and creativity. A terrace overlooks the activity zone while also creating a perfect spot for gatherings or birthday celebrations.
The planting selection offers numerous types of flowering and deciduous trees that offer color and shade for the warmer months, woven around a backbone of evergreen trees for year-round green as well as visual buffering. Beds of changing patterned annual color also wind through the landscape, greeting residents and guests throughout the seasons.
Majestic Mansion is situated on 90 acres along the western edge of the historic Summer Imperial Palace. As the first major residential project in this historically significant neighborhood, the design needed to be considered with great sensitivity and respect. Lifescapes created a palette of stately European gardens capturing sweeping views and vistas to complement the stately Classical European character of the architectural design. Beautiful roses, grand fountains, arbor-covered walkways, sculptural trees and elegant wrought-iron fencing, in part, shape the majesty of this very special, luxuriant community.
Overlooking the Huangpu River, One Sino Park is a lush, parklike oasis built on podium in the middle of downtown Shanghai. From contemporary, linear lines to rounded, natural elements; the design morphs throughout the various phases of the project.
There’s a feeling of prestige. . . from the moment you drive up to the porte cochere, you enter a series of gardens and breezeways that connect the 14 various towers. The stately sculpture garden adds an artistic elegance, and a water garden showcases a raised basin with arcing jets and trees that look like they are cut into the water.
The seven-star resort experience is enhanced by the glass and stone-tiled infinity-edge pool with recessed, elegantly-upholstered seating areas. Private cabanas and chaise lounges provide ample relaxation while dense shade trees provide refreshment in the hot, summer months.
Marble, granite and accents of tropical hardwoods are just some of the hardscape materials that flow throughout the geometrically shaped pathways and strolling gardens. Finally, the curvilinear shade structure, crescent-shaped fountains, meditation area, and playground round out the masterplan.
Paradise City is the first fully integrated entertainment and gaming resort complex totaling 83 acres in Incheon, South Korea. Offering an unparalleled guest experience, this mega-resort combines a diverse range of hospitality, gaming, art gallery, retail amenities, and luxury spa that allow guests to experience leisure, beauty, and entertainment like no other in Northeast Asia.
The property encompasses 12 facilities, including a five-star hotel totaling 711 rooms, a family wing and pool villas, a premium casino equipped with state-of-the-art systems, and a K-style-themed convention center decked with a full-service entertainment bar.
Lifescapes International designed a large Las Vegas-style main entry, wedding gardens, private villas, and gardens that flow throughout the interior and exterior of the project, while infusing vibrant landscaping throughout the main resort-style pool, complete with an outdoor bar and private cabanas for an exciting night-life setting.
Italian villa elements and Mediterranean motifs, in addition to “hallyu” or Korean-pop culture, inspired the landscape design for this resort, which includes interior gardens and outdoor accent plantings with a spectrum of color and texture. The convergence of different cultures, including East and West, was balanced against a backdrop of indigenous trees and plants native to South Korea, including Hornbeam Bonsai, Weeping Willow, Cherry Blossoms, Konara Oak Trees, Sawleaf Zelkova, and Loropetalum, among others.
Lifescapes’ vision was to bring the vibrant energy of Las Vegas to Korea by integrating water features and immersive gardens, thereby heightening the dramatic element of the setting and cultivating an exceptional entertainment-driven experience.
The exquisite masterplan boasts a French classical style with beautiful courtyard gardens and seven majestic fountains. Bordering the Phoenix Peak mountainside, the grade changes and elevations create natural vantage points for gardens with stunning views.
From the moment you enter the roundabout with the magnificent arched gateway to the property, you know you are somewhere grand. Elaborate paving and granites of different finishes make up the hardscape, while courtyard gardens surround various “neighborhoods” inside.
Just beyond the gateway lies a 105ft (32m) long, custom-designed (and fabricated by Craig Bragdy Design), hand-carved clay tile fountain, surrounded by rich parterre gardens and clipped hedges. The scene in the fountain symbolizes the nearby Yellow Sea, with patterns reminiscent of a coral reef in resplendent hues of blue.
The 14,000sf (1,300sm) water garden, at the end of the main fountain, serves as a central courtyard, providing a visual reward to those who live in the towers above. Custom patterns in the hardscape and water garden were inspired by classical motifs, decorative tapestries, and chateau ceilings. From above, the view is beautiful, but the water garden also has graduated levels of height to allow for picturesque appeal to those on the ground. There are seating areas within the fountain for guests to relax and enjoy the visual splendor.
Phoenix Palace provides plenty of areas to relax or stroll. Throughout the property, paths lead to courtyard gardens, gathering areas under structures and shade gardens. Urns and balustrades line the walkways, and flourishing Ginkgo trees abound for beauty and shade.
Everywhere you turn, you are greeted with another visual masterpiece of textures and patterns.
This unique, multistory shopping destination is walking distance from a vibrant and active harbor, and emphasizes and features the landscape environment “front and center” with its lushly designed gardens.
Showcasing their thought leadership, the cutting-edge owner Robinsons Land Company stated that “nowhere in The Philippines has any other developer focused on the verdant aspects of a landscaped garden for any interior mall.”
Within the air-conditioned environment, Lifescapes combined flourishing trees, shrubs and a variety of floral species, all woven in between the pedestrian walkways, cafes and shops, so that visitors can eat, play and shop in a garden “paradise.”
Additional amenities such as a colorful, floral, inlayed, oversized guitar and interior columns landscaped from top to bottom contribute to generating a sense of fun and create the “WOW” factor that delights the shoppers and visitors.
At night, celestial lights add a glow to the gardens and illuminate the outdoor pathways, offering the perfect place for a plaza and promenade.
Overlooking Xinghai Bay and the luminous Yellow Sea from its landmark location on Wanxia Mountain, The Castle Hotel commands a magnificent presence with its European-inspired castle set amid lush foliage on Lotus Mountain. The long driveway leads up to a grand Porte Cochere that encircles a lavish fountain. It’s an outstanding special events venue with 4,000 m2 of rooftop garden with captivating sea vistas. Inspired by King Ludwig’s passion for Greek mythology, the statues of Poseidon, Aphrodite, Piper and the Four Seasons adorn the gardens. The meticulous landscaping by Lifescapes International includes themed garden structures, romantic rooftop gardens, and special accent plantings that incorporate the four essential elements: water, shade, color and fragrance.