contemporary koi pond
a striking water garden design in Glasgow
This stunning design for a bespoke koi pond in Glasgow is dynamic and architectural. The pond begins inside the newly constructed conservatory as a formal mosaic tiled pool and flows out into the garden to form a naturalistic pond.
the design brief
Twig was invited to work alongside the architect and design and build the pond as the conservatory was being constructed to minimise the inconvenience to the client and ensure that the pond flowed smoothly from one space to the other.
We were asked to design a moderate sized (5500 gallon) naturalistic pond with a contemporary feel. Our clients wished to add a large number of fish so an equally large pond filter was required.
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the new water garden design
- decked jetty :: as it was important to our clients to enjoy their fish collection a decked jetty was added into the design as a viewing platform and the feeding pool was located inside the conservatory so fish could be viewed however inclement the weather.
- water filtration :: clear water is maintained with the aid of the large multi-bay filtration unit which was commissioned especially for this project. Algae is avoided by the absorption of excess nutrients by the plants. Because the filter needed to maintain the water quality for this koi pond is so large we created a discreet filter house away from the pond.
- finishing details :: as our clients have young children a decorative grid was designed to cover the inner pool.
- planting :: to capture the contemporary feel we kept the planting design around the pond to a minimal two species scheme. We used iris and containerised bulrushes for their simple, architectural characteristics. Their upright stature and height help frame the pond and provide screening. Water lilies flower across the surface of the pond providing shelter and shade to the fish.