The relationship between buildings and the landscape is essential to achieve an ecological approach to architecture. The landscape and building should be considered as complimentary components of the ‘living environment’. Only in this way can the a building reside within the landscape, and benefit from the climatic and topological features that make the site unique.
There are many ways landscape design compliments ecological architecture; it creates a microclimate, trees may shelter the building from wind and provide shade in summer, cooling and regulation of humidity through pools and ponds integrated into the building, composting toilets may fertilse and irrigate the garden.
The role of the landscape architect is to pull together the many dynamic layers of the site; the access, water and run-off, shade, ecology, etc; Once all factors have been considered, then we can carefully weave them together to enrichen the existing cultural fabric, protect the local environment, and most importantly provide spaces that people enjoy,
Bambooroo stresses the importance of all projects starting with strong landscape principals that ground the concept in harmonious accord with the existing environment.