Award-winning TerreVerde is no stranger to working on the Palm Jumeirah. Over the last few years, the company has successfully created more than 20 of the most prestigious gardens on the development.
The client’s brief for this garden was extensive and challenging. Located on the Palm Jumeirah, the client took the option to acquire a substantial amount of additional land at the side and in front of his villa overlooking the sea. As a result, the existing garden required a comprehensive redesign and redevelopment. The client’s desire for a garden in which he and his family could entertain in elegant style, together with the scale and classic architecture of his villa, were the starting points for the re-design of this surprisingly innovative garden.
This large garden has an Easterly aspect overlooking the sea and incorporates many features that are all balanced around high-end elegance and sophistication. Ultimately, the features, layout, fixtures and fittings, materials, textures and finishes were carefully designed to reflect the client’s lifestyle and to impress. The central purpose of the garden is geared towards entertaining. It is focused around a large infinity pool with a raised open lounging area in the centre, shaded by a thatched gazebo.
The pool is lined with ivory coloured 10cm x 10cm cracked glass mosaics that give it a distinct turquoise hue during daytime, turning into a rich warm blue when the pool is illuminated at night. It also includes a swim-up bar with sunken seating and - uniquely for a residential pool in this part of the world - TerraVerde installed an underwater audio system. Alongside the pool, they also installed a Jacuzzi large enough to accommodate six people, which is also lined with 10cm x 10cm cracked glass mosaics, but in a turquoise hue to create a subtle contrast between the two bodies of water.
The garden was planned on multi-levels to offer a variety of vistas and planted, shaded areas. From raised viewpoints and natural palm shaded areas for socialising, to intimate sunken areas for seclusion and quiet moments. The larger part of the hardscape is paved with Noche colour Travertine tiles with accents of Beige travertine. These are contrasted with Copper quartzite marble stacks that are used to clad the shower areas, planters, and part of the villa elevation. This blends the various elements together and provides an overall colour and textural harmony.
Apart from the underwater audio system installed in the pool, this garden incorporates several innovations, the most important of which is the large store/utility room constructed under the raised seating area and plantation. This has added significant value to the property due to the creation of over 30sqm of additional space, which is at a premium on the Palm Jumeirah.
From the outset, the client instructed that no plastic should be used in the scheme and, as a result, TerraVerde’s development team worked to specify, source and procure all the required fittings in stainless steel.
This exceptional garden is designed to be at the leading edge of technology. Every function, from lighting effects to pool temperature, choice of underwater audio track to irrigation and security is controlled by a smart home application that allows the owner to manage his environment however he pleases, either remotely or in situ.
Sustainability was also an important factor from the beginning and influenced the design and construction. The decking areas are constructed from Duralife, which is made of recycled wood with no toxic chemicals and is long life, requiring no maintenance. And, to minimise water consumption and reduce maintenance, there are no grassed areas. All lighting, both external and in the pool, is LED. TerraVerde took considerable care to source locally grown plants acclimatised to the weather of the region, planting them to create lush landscapes when viewed from both inside and outside the garden.