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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is just west of Boca Raton and Deerfield Beach and just east of the Everglades Wildlife Management Area. The entrance to MiraLago is a prime example of how aquascapes, hardscapes and landscape can combine to create a memorable symbiotic experience. It was a logical extension to integrate the natural beauty of the lake with a water themed main entrance. As residents or guests drive into the community they are flanked by a series of stone-cladded curvilinear walls. The decorative paving of the road picks up on the same color pallet and texture as the stone on the walls. Stately Phoenix Dactylifera 'Medjool' date palms are planted behind the curved wall and in the median for an immediate elegant visual impact. A series of dynamic water features greet all who enter MiraLago. The first water feature to wow is an impressive 66' diameter, three-tiered circular fountain. Nine heavy white-water jets in a large precast concrete bowl highlight the top level. The water spills over the bowl and then into a large pool of water. The water in the large pool spills over a stone clad wall into the lower water basin. The lower basin is raised approximately 2' above the road to afford drivers a better view of the water feature. As one drives around the fountain there are a series of fountains on both sides of the roadway. The curved-side water features were designed to be viewed more from the lakeside than from the driver's seat. Each of the two fountains has 17 heavy white-water jets on two levels. The water from the top two levels cascades over another stone clad wall into a lower basin. As one drives toward the guardhouse, the centerpiece of the entrance fountain sequence comes into view. The dynamic scallop- shaped fountain is 140' long with five levels and nearly 40 heavy white-water jets. The road begins to elevate at the beginning of the fountain. To give drivers optimum visibility the fountain has four drops of approximately 15 inches each. Driving toward the 72 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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