Thursday, September 16, 2010

Jumby Bay Pool Design

Photos by Dominic Noon
Pool Constructed by Caribbean Water Treatment, Antigua

The design of the new Jumby Bay used softly shaped curves for courtyard walls and terrace edges to create a relaxed environment that sits comfortably in the landscape. The design for the new pool located on the point overlooking Pond Bay continues this concept. This infinity edge pool provides a foreground that blurs the edge between sea and sand and extends the water up close to the buildings for guests that want to remain in shade or are not able to traverse the sandy beach.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Marysville School Park Update

We have some new pictures by Josh Partee of the Marysville School Playground. These pictures focus on a key design element of the grass mounds. Inspired by some of Maya Lin's work, they have proved to be a popular play area that was modest in cost. It is interesting to watch kids use these grass hills, they seem driven to run up, run down, run around and run through them. They also devise games - usually centered around possession of one hill or another. The hills also create small amphitheaters for more structured activities and are used as seating areas to hang out while overlooking other parts of the park.

The school district does not have the budget to maintain a manicured park so the intent is that the hills will eventually have a more rustic landscape character and not require frequent mowing to be functional. Elsewhere in the Park some of the play walls have been tagged, despite our attempt to use contrasting painted strips to make them less attractive to taggers. Unfortunately the school remains closed because of the fire, however, the community makes good use of the Park.