Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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The luxurious 36-acre lakeside resort offers a personalized blend of Disney special access and Four Seasons experiences. Set around a manmade lake and adjacent wetlands, the exterior amenities offer a wide variety of experiences. EDSA, the planning and landscape architecture firm behind the master plan, approached the project and detailed design to accurately reflect the upscale Four Seasons brand, as seen in the formal gardens around the Resort Tower. The formal transitions to active entertainment at Explorer Island, a conceptual 19th century citrus estate, creates a storyline of Florida's history through its design, and furthers the site's offerings as a chic, family-friendly resort. Right & Top, Left: Ravello's outdoor dining area has a flagstone hardscape. The centerpiece is an 'AquaLens' sculptural fountain by Allison Armour. The fountain has a 4' dia. acrylic sphere filled and overflowing with water from a concealed pump, and sits on a circular stainless steel platform. Cloward H20 engineered the fountain. Bottom, Left: The north end of the Lazy River has an 'eddy' pool that provides access to the 'Hideout,' an area for teens with a game building, a multiuse deck, outdoor stage with tensile shade, built-in daybeds, outdoor extension with pool tables, fire pit, a sand volleyball court and basketball court, and hanging 'nest rest' loungers. 40 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Opened in August 2014, the 443-room Four Seasons Resort Orlando is a Walt Disney World resort in Disney's upscale Golden Oak residential community. The community reflects the Spanish Revival architecture of Florida's 'Golden Age,' the 1880-1930 period when extensive railroad construction ushered in the building of ostentatious hotels, the chartering of Winter Park and a tourist boom.

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