Best Gardens: Ambient Space in Lebanon

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Best Gardens: Ambient Space in Lebanon

January 9, 2009
01:06pm
Photo by: Geraldine Bruneel

During the day, you wouldn't know how carefully this garden in Faqra, Lebanon, was crafted to create nocturnal ambience. With lighting fixtures completely concealed in the landscape, the touch of a button that lights up fire pits throughout seems like magic a la Mindfreak. Based in Broumana, Lebanon, this year's winner of the ASLA/Garden Design Residential Award of Excellence, Vladimir Djurovic is an illusionist in his own right, engaging Lebanon's endless sky by deconstructing it and piecing it back together as vast terraces and crystalline pools. The residence's owner, renowned fashion designer Elie Saab, must be in his element in this garden. Djurovic says the landscape is meant to show "how simplicity in design and well-crafted execution leave behind a sense of presence." One could say the same of Saab's own designs. Something in the landscape's elegant scale and perfect hardscape detailing connects to the fluid fabrics, angular cuts and sky-inspired colors of Saab's couture collections. For more information, see vladimirdjurovic.com.

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