Every morning before getting up, I reach for the roller shade, open it up, and soak in the view. A nine-foot sliding glass door opens up to an outdoor room that connects living quarters with the studio / workspace / sauna, aka Garden Room. In addition, the space serves as an entry court or porch. It ushers in guests who are visiting the home office. Furthermore, it extends the interior spa outdoors by accommodating two chaise lounge chairs. As the branches of the Fig Tree arch overhead. If that were not enough, the Secret Garden sustains a shaded, shielded place for meditation. It is scented architecturally with the fountain.
Paul Goldberger in his book Why Architecture Matters writes: “Architecture is balanced, precisely and precariously, between art and practicality.” Bridging between art functionI was the inspiration here.
This Secret Garden’s architecture impacts my everyday life, lifts my spirits.
First, there’s nothing but an enormous Fig Tree and a neighbor’s fence. Eventually, on the same spot, a water-wise garden appears. An enchanted oasis. It simultaneously satisfies utilitarian demands and elevates the quality of life. Yes, its enclosure, paths, and lighting are designed with practical functions in mind. But it has a higher calling. Above all else, this Secret Garden’s purpose is to artfully sustain heavenly experiences.