Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2017

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the promenade, and outdoor dining at Ravello's, a breakfast and dinner restaurant featuring bi-weekly character breakfasts. The restaurant's outdoor dining and lounge area also focuses on the aqua lens. Designed by European sculptor Allison Armour, the sculpture overflows into the reflecting pool with lake views in the background. Heading north on the property guests pass through a sculptural, tunnel allee of myrtle trees which frame views from the fitness center. The promenade ultimately crosses the gateway bridge to the 5-acre Explorer Island. EDSA proposed an elevated lagoon along the edge of the health spa gardens that would flow from the east side of the tower to the west side feature lake, transitioning from the formal gardens and creating the illusion of an island with a natural Florida feel. After flowing over the waterfall, the canal separates the formal gardens around the Resort Tower from the natural, organic feel of Explorer's Island. The bridge offers views of the waterfall and the PB&G Pool Bar. The Family Pool and PB&G Pool Bar sit on the north end of the lake to maximize sun orientation, enjoy views of the Tower and lake with an infinity edge to connect the pool visually with the lake, seamlessly tying water attributes together. Emphasizing the citrus plantation ambiance, Explorer Island creates a storyline tied to Florida's history. Guests arrive at Explorer Island with a framed view of the 'Ruined Mansion' and foreground Lazy River, set within a Florida sabal hammock of curved and leaning sabal palms. EDSA developed the design of the Mansion through schematic design, then the project architect, HKS Inc., continued as the architect of record. Creative grading was used to help reveal the project in exploratory fashion, meeting ADA requirements, and providing for great vistas down into the Lazy River. The journey to the mansion rises approximately 13' in elevation revealing views down to the lakeside, infinity edge Colonnades of Italian cypress edge the 600' entry to the hotel lobby. Fronting the porte cochère and framed by 4 Medjool date palms is a water feature with 36 fountain heads segregated into 3 zones, each with its own variable frequency drive pump to allow the shape of the water to subtly change, creating thick columns of white water that are illuminated at night with white LEDs. The fountain supplier also did the fountain programming per EDSA's input. A 'Dune Coral Stone' Dominican limestone surrounds the fountain. 44 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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