This image shows the completed upper terrace and fountain shrouded in an early morning fog.
The ring of white blooming annuals at the base of the fountain helps to transition the carved limestone into the surrounding landscape while also contributing to the peaceful ambiance.
This image gives a close-up view of the lower portion of the fountain in action with the hand carved horses that were modeled after the quadriga of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany.
This image gives a perspective view of the fountain in the foreground and the river bluff and river valley in the midground and background respectively. By giving the eye access to the horizon in this garden we were able to make the garden feel immensely larger than it really is. It has brought about a supernatural quality that works well in tandem with the timeless feel of the fountain parterre garden.
This photo is a black-and-white portrait of the fountain in action possesses a vicarious ability. The combination of sunlight, shadow and falling water is a feast for the eyes and the ears.
Now and then, Austin Engineering receives a request for site design that entails a unique landscape architectural component. Recently one of these projects received some exciting praise and recognition from the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA).
Every year, the ILCA invites participants to submit their best works for a chance to be honored at its annual Excellence in Landscape Awards Ceremony in Schaumburg, IL. First started in 1972, the purpose of the awards program is to be a source of inspiration and education, allowing fellow landscape contractors to compare different design styles and materials, and get new ideas. Each project entry is anonymously judged by industry peers from across the Midwest and awarded a Gold or Platinum award based on the quality of materials and workmanship, execution, function, aesthetic aspects, and presentation. The Judges’ Platinum designation is only awarded to the top of each class.
For this year, Austin Engineering entered its Fountain Parterre Garden for consideration. Our team was pleasantly surprised when the ILCA awarded the project with their highest accolades: the Gold and Platinum Excellence in Landscape awards for the Specialty Element category.
The client desired a Medieval European-style formal garden for their residence. The site for the garden was situated on a river bluff that allowed for the creation of a series of formal garden terraces to traverse the backyard hillside. The first in this series of terraces would be the Fountain Parterre Garden, with the focal point being a 15-foot-tall, hand-carved three-tier limestone fountain.
“One of the best surprises relating to this project was the joyful journey of creating a program for the project and developing relationships with the client and consultants from all over the world. These new friendships helped to develop a unique knowledge and appreciation of medieval European cloister gardens and Gothic architectural design principles. However, hearing the client rave and celebrate over their completed garden and fountain was without a doubt the apex of the project.” – Sean Rennau, Project Lead