7 Landscape Ideas for Apartments and Gated Communities

In this era, with developing cities, towering skyscrapers, and buildings built close to one another, the amount of green spaces is constantly decreasing. This consequently increases the need for the betterment of living conditions. 

However, in metropolitan cities, where the space is so less to incorporate such green and open spaces, the podium landscape comes into the picture.

What is Podium Landscaping for Apartments

The podium landscape is an outdoor space created for users to have communal gatherings and other recreational activities. These podiums appear to be on ground level but are actually raised to an upper level so that the space beneath could be used for vehicular parking or other similar activities. 

7 Strategies to Follow While Creating a Recreational Landscape for Apartments and Gated Communities

  1. Swimming Pool
  2. Joggers/Walking path
  3. Outdoor Courts
  4. Amphitheatre/OATs
  5. Kids play area
  6. Creche area
  7. Multipurpose games court.

1. Swimming Pool

Swimming pool design for apartments and gated community
Swimming pool design for apartments and gated community

Incorporating a swimming pool in your design will enhance the usability and frequency of the podium while also enhancing its aesthetic.

One Lake’s Edge, KW Landscape Architects

Swimming Pool Design at One Lake's Edge, KW Architects
Swimming Pool Design at One Lake’s Edge, KW Architects

In this landscape, the pool is raised to podium level. It further has shaded areas, gardens, cafes and pathways to actively engage users.

2. Joggers/walking path

Walking and jogging paths are ideal elements for a public space as people of all age groups and abilities can use them. It is also a great place for users to relieve their stress after their work hours.

Atlantes Landscape, Paul Bentley

Walking path at Atlantes Landscape by Paul Bently
Walking path at Atlantes Landscape by Paul Bently

This landscape area is a commercial and corporate green space for employees and clients of the company. The garden is a charming way to soften the appearance of the area, bringing nature and tranquillity into the corporate world.

3. Outdoor Sports Courts

Outdoor Sports Courts at Apartments and Gated Communities
Outdoor Sports Courts at Apartments and Gated Communities

With increasingly stressful lifestyles, it becomes necessary to provide spaces such as courts and fields for even adults to relax, off-work.

Kanjurmarg, Prabhakar Bhagwat Architects

Outdoor Sports at Kanjurmarg by Prabhakar Bhagwat Architects
Outdoor Sports at Kanjurmarg by Prabhakar Bhagwat Architects

Kanjurmarg is built near housing and an office zone. This design uses innovative planting methods that create an inclusive and warm space. The landscape has gardens, jogging tracks, walkways, a kids’ area, and even a basketball court. It provides breathing space for the buildings around.

4. Amphitheatre/Socialising Spaces

Amphitheatre and socializing spaces at Apartments and Gated Communities
Amphitheatre and socializing spaces at Apartments and Gated Communities

Amphitheatres and open-air theatres in public spaces encourage socializing by simply providing a space for people to talk and host small events. It can also act as a multipurpose area for communal programs. 

Barbican Center, London

Socializing Space at the Barbican Center, London
Socializing Space at the Barbican Center, London

This center has top-tier drainage systems, beautiful gardens, huge, open social and recreational spaces, and a gym.

5. Kids’ play area

Kids’ play areas are necessary for children to have a fun but safe environment to play in. It also helps them learn, socialize and stay healthy.

Kids' Play Area at Apartments and Gated Communities
Kids’ Play Area at Apartments and Gated Communities

Creeche area: Such areas are ideal for small children, hence should be extremely safe and secure.

Multipurpose game courts: outdoor sports courts like badminton, tennis, cricket, etc. can also be added.

Sai Life, ESI Design Studio

Creche Area at Sai Life by ESI Design Studio
Creche Area at Sai Life by ESI Design Studio

This podium landscape, located at the heart of a residential unit, gives kids an area to be active and socialize. The area further has walking paths and gardens with attractive lighting.

Other spaces such as a gym, library, cafes, skate and cycle park, changing rooms, and work cubicles can be added to enhance the design of the podium landscape. 

Construction of a Podium Landscape

  1. Slab Construction: The podium landscape is done on a slab and not on the ground. Hence it is necessary to build lighter elements which need lesser structural support.
  2. Trees: Height of the trees should be stunted and not heavy as it can cause structural failures in the slab. Selection of trees is also crucial in podium landscape as they should be contextual.
  3. Lightweight Materials: Materials used for hardscape should be lightweight to help reduce the stress on the slab.
  4. Drainage: Proper drainage to be provided for areas such as natural lawns, swimming pools and planter beds.
  5. Play with height: Swimming pool should be at a higher level so as to achieve the depth of the pool with proper drainage facilities. Mounds can create a good sense of space for the users physically and visually.

Flexibility: Columnar spaces can be converted into spaces for indoor activities helping provide shaded regions on the podium.

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