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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Guests are immersed in a variety of amenities and experiences, which include an adult pool and spa, family pool and spa, PB&G pool, lakeside restaurant and bar, the Ruinous Mansion family activity area with Kids for all Seasons Club, kids pool with interactive choreographed fountains, two waterslides, Lazy River (11,008 sq. ft. volume), and The Hideaway activity building with outdoor games and activity pool connected to the Lazy River. The Resort Tower features 37,500 sq. ft. of event facilities, including a ballroom, junior ballroom and 14 meeting rooms. At the lobby and garden level are restaurants with views of the lake and resort gardens, plus a fitness center, upscale shops, and a 13,000 sq. ft. spa with 18 treatment rooms and outdoor spa gardens. The Resort Spa sits on the lake, which is elevated 42" higher than the west side feature lake. Water flows past the outdoor treatment rooms, then waterfalls into the feature lake, transitioning the formal gardens to the natural/organic Explorer's Island. Upon traveling through the community of Golden Oak, guests feel a sense of decompression from everyday life as they arrive at the Four Season Resort Orlando. Framed by a colonnade of Italian cypress, the porte cochère greets guests with a simplistic, programmed fountain that creates a column of water that subtly changes in shape over time. The simplistic design of the porte cochère focuses on the programmable water feature. The 36 fountain heads are broken into 3 zones with their own variable frequency drive pump to allow the fountain shape to change subtly, creating an interesting water sculpture that illuminates in a clean white column of water at night. After checking in and exiting the lobby, the infinity edged lakeside reflecting pool welcomes guests to the formal Mediterranean gardens. As guests head north, Medjool date palms line the 600' promenade that parallels the Resort Tower. July 2017 41

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