The Bristol at Southport is a mixed-use, waterfront development that capitalizes on the spectacular views and recreational amenities available at the south end of Lake Washington. The landscape entry and courtyard designs shown are part of the latest phase completed in 2008.
Atelier worked with the owner to site a large sculpture on axis with the heavy-timber porte-cochere, providing a dramatic visual experience at the main entrance. A linear water feature bounds one end of the drop-off area as a backdrop for the sculpture. The fountain consists of a cast vertical wall bisected by a thick slab of dark, polished granite over which water cascades evenly, forming a reflective pool with an infinity edge. A bench invites visitors to engage with the fountain – allowing them to touch and feel the water – or simply sit and enjoy the sound of falling water.
The sculpture rests on a plinth within the lower pool of the fountain and is surrounded by a formal, architectural foreground planting of boxwood and sedges. The surrounding plantings of multi-stemmed, white-trunked birches offer a contrasting, naturalistic character that is light and open in quality – softening the evergreen buffer along the street, and making the entrance feel protected and serene.