Few ask me directly to design anything other than the above; it's assumed in this hard country called the high desert. But those who do ask for something else - sans the budget part - do so indirectly, by wanting many inappropriate elements. I didn't sign up for this when I changed my college major at 19, but...
On a recent Austin trip, I planned a meeting with an architect client on the return drive - an addition to an existing El Paso hospital project I originally designed to meet City code.
|At the front entry, it was to be many years before the next building addition - an in-patient tower - was to be built. So, I picked up on curvilinear forms inside the building behind the glassed wall, and carried them out via colored concrete paving, a swirling band of exposed aggregate concrete, and the red seat wall / garden wall arc.|
Masses of Blue Grama grasses, accented by the Sotol / Dasylirion wheeleri and Red Yucca, are holding up; Texas Red Oak trees, though, aren't. The winter of 2011 took out the Blue Ranger / Leucophyllum zygophyllum 'Cimarron', once massed behind that wall. All failures perhaps in consort with the maintenance, irrigation operations, and rabbits!
No big deal, now. Construction on that tower is begin this winter, in the broad area beyond that curved wall, along with a reconfigured drop-off drive and landscape space, which is partly what I met on - to revisit and refine some portions of the design. My fountain is no longer to be built here, as well as some other amenities...maybe for the new tower? Cut!
And I think the second take on this will be good, with continued communication, rethinking what worked and didn't.