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publicat in: Terrace & Garden // Publicata pe 26.03.2015

Japanese tradition brings landscape into art: the principles of Feng Shui are solid and inspire meditation. A terrace or Japanese inspired garden is basically an area of simplicity and good taste. Feng-Shui principles promotes balanced landscaping and harmony, because such a philosophy values the living space as an essential element of family and individual's wellbeing.


Zen Terrace atracts harmony into your home

According to Japanese tradition, a Zen garden is the symbol of a balanced combination between all essential elements: Earth, air, water, wood and every element can also be represented by shapes and colours. It is important to know that a space landscaped with this philosophy in mind must take into account the relations between elements.


For more details on this, read the article on Feng Shui and Natural Stone!


Stone Garden


Ryoan-Ji Temple, Kyoto. Photo source: inspirationandbeyond.blogspot.com


An interesting example of Zen exterior space is the "Stone Garden" from Ryoan-ji temple in Kyoto. Built in the 15th century, it includes fifteen large stones positioned so that, from everywhere you look, you can never see them all. The symbol of this space refers to perception, reality, individuality and the landscape that applies the Zen philosophy.


What do you need for a Zen ambience?


If you're not working with a Feng-Shui specialist and you just want to convey a Japanese-style to your terrace, first you have to consider a simple space. You can landscape a small space designed for water: whether you install a Zen fountain, whether you have a simple natural stone pool, the presence of water creates a very relaxing atmosphere, alongside other elements, sounds and textures. One of the simplest ways to build a waterfall is to install a small pump, behind a massive wall of natural stone.


Other elements that will make the setting complete: statues and decorations with Asian design, lanterns, rattlesnake and natural stone small benches. Of course, plants will play an important part (you can plant/grow in pots plants such as bamboos, ficus tree or azaleas), and if you have a larger space outside the house, you can even apply small wooden bridges for separating existing spaces.


Modern Patio by Portola Valley Architects & Building Designers Emily Jagoda


The picture above features a modern Japanese-style terrace, designed by a Californian designer: there is an area designed with water, there are plants, the space is open and simple and besides, there are panels for separating the terrace, thus creating more privacy. For a similar cladding project with natural stone, you can use black slate, for example.


For further details on choosing the natural stone best suited to your project give us a call at +40318.222.333, or send us an email at export@piatraonline.com!

Japanese inspired terrace
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