Garden Geometries: Asymmetry / by Nicole Bemboom

By Vera Gates

Asymmetrical design can be a very dynamic and responsive solution to real site conditions and natural aspects. This ordering system allows the design to respond to the site as it exists and balance existing features with new, proposed features. It is easy to incorporate focal elements where needed either functionally or visually, while maintaining a measurable overall form. 

Master plan for the Sunset Idea House, by Arterra Landscape Architects

Master plan for the Sunset Idea House, by Arterra Landscape Architects

An asymmetrical design offers greater flexibility in response to the site and the program. It is well suited to a site that is odd or irregularly shaped. It allows the design to develop with features going where they work best. Over time, as plants mature, an asymmetrical design is much more forgiving of the whims of nature, and the fact that no two plants grow exactly alike. 

Conceptual plan by Arterra Landscape Architects

Conceptual plan by Arterra Landscape Architects

The aspect of asymmetrical design is creating a balanced, harmonious whole. We are composing space.

Garden as Sculpture by Arterra Landscape Architects

Garden as Sculpture by Arterra Landscape Architects