Marriott Resort Monsoon Gardens, Coorg
Coorg, Karnataka is located on top of the Western Ghats. With abundant rainfall from the moisture laden winds from the Arabian Sea, the Monsoon fosters a lush tropical forest rich in rare flora and fauna, and the beauty of the rain attracts tourist from all parts of the country. The site’s unique Monsoon climate and plantation farm character inspires the climatic responsive landscape design to highlight the sensory experience of the nature.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Marriott Resort landscape design exemplifies the experience of the Monsoon in Coorg by transforming the site’s rain water into climatic responsive water features. The design plays off the rain; channelling, storing and transforming the runoff from the site into ponds, cascades, waterfalls and fountains. When the Monsoon arrives, the guests not only sense the rain through smell, sight and sound, but experience the excitement of watching the resort turning into a magnificent water garden.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The majority of the water feature in the resort landscape operates much like an Italian water garden; where water is gravity fed and sourced from rainwater. During the dry season, the fountains look like standard elements in the landscape. During the Monsoon season, the water features come to live in various forms such as water sprouts, water cascades, dry fountains, reflection pools and water falls. Some of which are to look at, some for the kids to play in, some to sit by. All of these water features combined are to create an immersive theatrical experience that is hard to forgets.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
December 2016, Coorg, Karnataka, India
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Climate Responsive Landscape Design
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
climatic responsive design, rain garden, resort design, resort landscape
The design team went through a robust analysis of the site and its surrounds in both macro and micro levels. Through researching and mapping of the site related climate, culture, user groups, terrain, vegetation and history etc, the design team comes to understand the key features that attract the tourists to the site location. The team then exemplifies the sensory experience of these key features through design.
To create a robust water garden, both the site elevation and the resort spatial hierarchy has to be studied to best identify the placement of water features.
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Stephanie Wang and Justin Yip
Design Morphology Limited
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