sunken garden with light metal shading structure

The moon in the well garden

sunken garden during construction: the shading structure between palms
sunken garden during construction: the shading structure
sunken garden during construction: crescents of paving and wooden boards
sunken garden during construction: view from the paved area
sunken garden during construction: the well in progress
sunken garden during construction: view from the stairway
sunken garden during construction: view from the floor above
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A spiral staircase, with broad lawn steps, descends from the park level to a sunken oasis with palms and water. Introduced by the scent of lemon trees and Lantana montevidensis shrubs, the moon in the well garden displays a crescent of grey-leaved shrubs (Leucophyllum frutescens, Santolina tomentosa, Senecio cineraria) embracing a black stone fountain. The opening in the light steel shading structure lets the water feature shine of light reflections. A further crescent of ultramarine blue painted wooden planks adds a vibrant touch to the space while screening from the windows overlooking the garden. The well consists of a precious round fountain made of Labradorite, iridescent dark blue stone compensating the dazzling white of the marble stair stringer. The sculptural rising wall amplifies the subdued sound of the shallow pond water.


Project: Al Ammariah family estate
Location: Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)
Garden area: 262 m²
Highlights: sunken garden, stair with lawn treads and Cor-ten® risers, Mediterranean plant species
Partners: Faris & Faris Architects (Amman, Jordan), Comatec (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

Al Ammariah family estate landscape project takes advantage of any situation to grow a garden: even a stair, here, gets a green carpet of lawn.

Valerio Cozzi


sunken garden project sketch by valerio cozzi landscape designer
The moon in the well garden: project sketch by Valerio Cozzi