Thursday, April 1, 2010

Via Aqua .. a Modern Approach - 2010 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show

Via Aqua
Via Aqua - Design by Huettl Landscape Architecture
2010 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show
I'm drawn to modern design, although I've never had the opportunity to live in a contemporary space.
Joesph Huettl's approach to Via Aqua combines rectilinear elements and a minimal aesthetic,
resulting in an understated, elegant setting.
Above photo by Huettl L.A.
The garden's open steel grating forms a floating deck; the industrial nature of the material and the stone patio playing off the pop of color in the gorgeous chaises longues.
Overall, the reflective quality of the water animates the design.


  1. Thats great, I like. I also like the waters reflective quality, and the fish on the wall.

  2. Hello. I was just over at Sequoia Gardens blog and read your comment there. Jack and I go back a few years now since I first began posting at Moosey's forums, a New Zealand website. I remember Jack telling me of a blogger in my area he'd been connecting with over the internet. Perhaps I already visited your blog when he first told me about you because I seem to be registered already. You sure do visit a lot of interesting gardens.

    I've seen enough in your photos not to be sorry for missing the SF flower and garden show. I like your photos and photos really are adequate for capturing these instant gardens. You can probably tell I'm not the biggest fan of garden show gardens.

    I wanted to extend an invitation to you to our annual garden and studio party. The studio belongs to my wife who is an artist working in weaving. You can see her work at her website, The garden is my baby and is now about 17 years old. If you'd like to check it out I've got lots of photos of it at flickr: This year it'll be on May 16th, between 10 am and 4 pm. If you're interested email me and I'll send you the address.

  3. I've never lived in a contemporary style and not sure if I could cope with everything being miminal and every so tidy! But give me a little heat and I could relax quite happily there for alittle while.

  4. We also liked that display garden. Not sure I could live with chaise, a bit too bold for me. We loved the whole water-pavement concept though. My only concern in a real world application with water that still, was mosquitos, but there are ways to deal with that. In my garden, the bigger issue would be the labradors :P

  5. I like it! Very cozy and the walkway through the water. Also like the colors reflecting in the pond. Only negative...what is one to do when they have to flip?! I suppose these are not sunning chairs, rather napping chairs. ;) The fish on the wall are fabulous...I'd love to incorporate something like this around my pool!

  6. Thanks to all for dropping by,

    Stone Art .. Kimberly, something fishy about your comments?

    Jim, no napping when you should be blogging!

    Amy, We're on the same page;-)

    Rosie, You've got the chair on the left - me on the right!

    CVF, I'm picturing your labradors splashing around - the perfect way to stir the water so mosquitos can't settle in!!

  7. btw...
    Can't find your email address. You'll find mine on my Profile - column on the right. Thanks!

  8. Wow! Not a design I would pick for my garden, but spectacular in your photos.

  9. I like how the blue just pops ---makes you want to go over and check them (the lounge chairs) out.

  10. I'm with Jim - I could take a nap there. I often like contemporary stuff aesthetically, but wouldn't want to live with it. This I think I could get comfortable with. Though Kimberly has a point about flipping in the chair. Maybe these are supposed to be shade chairs, for napping.