Using screens and enclosures
Vertical barriers can be positioned to screen views or indicate where gatherings should take place. Even shorter barriers, such as raised planters or seat walls, help delineate space and create a feeling of physical separation and privacy.
Beyond providing shade, overhead structures such as pergolas or shaped sails attract users to gather under and around them, drawing them away from private spaces. They also help alleviate the awkwardness of the “fish bowl” effect of having multiple floors looking down at you while spending time in outdoor common areas.
Focus on the view
Your outdoor space is likely to have impressive views, especially if it is located in the city. It’s important to orient the focus of the space toward those views, drawing the attention of users away from private units and towards the city skyline. Even the simple day-to-day traffic of the adjacent street could provide an interesting view.
Another key way to pull attention away from private units is to include focal features in your outdoor space. Murals, sculptures and water features all captivate users of outdoor space as they instinctively orient themselves toward the feature.
Introduce some background noise
Music is a background noise used in restaurants and shops to help people feel comfortable and make them stay longer. The same goes for your landscaped amenity areas. Background noise helps multiple groups to occupy and enjoy the same shared space without disturbing each other. It also can help soften less desirable noises of traffic from surrounding streets.
Perhaps the best form of background noise in an outdoor setting is a water feature. The constant, calming sound of water falling can drown out other noises and generate a relaxing atmosphere conducive to the enjoyment of outdoor space.
Creating landscaped amenity areas
Valley Provincial have grown to become one of the leading landscaping companies in London, creating and maintaining landscaped amenity areas across the capital. From the creation of roof terraces through to parks and mature tree planting, our contribution to London’s green space is significant. We’d be keen to share our expertise with you on your next project, contact us.
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