The still days are when the landscape reveals its true beauty. For it’s on those tranquil days when a perfect reflection in the lake besides the property reflects the design, effectively doubling down on nature, producing a mesmerising aesthetic that is both real and unreal. As a place for contemplation and relaxation, it’s perfect, figuratively washing away stresses and burdens.
The name Wings over Water identifies with the butterfly roof of the house and the Swallow sculpture designed by Simon Max Bannister (Falco Sculpture). Planning such solace comes laden with complexity and everything is purposeful within this setting designed by landscape architect Jude van Brandenburg (JVB Landscape and Design).
Softening the intensity and adding a balance to the aesthetics is the Prunus yedoensis ‘Perpendens’. Known for its mass of almond scented white flowers in early spring, as the seasons progress, it changes from the warming orange of summer to the type of Autumn red that typifies the romance of the season.
Carried in the reflection and planted along the driveway, are a series of LIQUIDAMBAR ‘Worplesdon’. This is one of those trees that takes your breath away with its colour. The upright pyramidal form puts on a stunning show as the large star-shaped leaves change from resplendent green to gold, then vibrant orange.
This lakeside residence is certainly different. The landscape is magnified by that water, the colour shows of the trees intensified by it, and ultimately – the potential for relaxation is multiplied by whatever factor you care to apply. It might just be the only care you have when sitting outside on the decking on a still, warm evening.