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There is something called landscaping in Architecture.
It is the design of the outdoor environment using nature. This includes trees, shrubs, flowers, potted plants, water bodies like fountains and pools, rock/stones, you name it.
We live in a tropical environment where sun deals with us but we are not helping ourselves when we clear out landscaping elements from our compounds.
I know we like concrete floor, bitumen (coal tar) floor or interlocking, it’s very easy to sweep and maintain cleanliness.
But ever wondered why you don’t feel that kind of fresh mist-like air like we do in the villages?
They have trees and shrubs and carpet grasses.
Don’t you just love the feeling of a well mowed lawn under your feet?
Even the oyibos we admire have it na. Check out the mansions we admire for instance the Kardashian houses.
Do you see all those lush greenery plus water bodies?
They use those hard surfaces for only walkways and driveways, NOT THE WHOLE PLOT OF LAND.
Are you feeling lazy about the prospects of cutting grasses when they grow up? Maybe when you see how they look afterwards, you’ll be encouraged.
I know some plots are too small for natural trees to avoid roots affecting your building foundation, try ornamental trees and shrubs.
Try carpet grass, even if it the rubber one.
In such tight plot of land, use pre-fabricated concrete slabs for your walkways instead of coating everywhere with concrete mix.
This reduces solar glare. Those grasses absorb a lot of sunlight and give us cool air.
Even for your car packing spaces. Cars parked on spatial greenery has less heat than the ones parked on bare concrete.
One of the things I enjoyed when I visited Calabar for my case study(I was working on a Performing Art theatre for my final year project), was the trees shading the walkways along the road.
Mehn! I loved it. I could trek any distance under that shade.
I don’t know who owns the building in the video but the compound is too bare for me. It’s a sharp contrast to the landscape elements in the 2 next pictures which are said to be Kardashian houses.
I hope you are getting this down.