Mar 03 2017

OPi is busy with landscape architecure on new home construction in Southwest Florida. Many of these residences include pools in their plans.  In the photo above, this design will feature a classical pool, with a spa and fountains surrounded by beautiful and open landscape.  Two large Ficus trees were salvaged and incorporated into the site design providing some much needed shade in Southwest Florida.

 

Boca Grande Site

Here is a sneak peak of a location in Bocca Grande with a breathtaking view.  Opi has teamed up with Safety Harbor Builders and will design an elevated pool with a graceful infinity edge as well as a spacious auto court with turf and stone paving. 

 
 
Aug 22 2016

Roberto Burle Marx, the most famous Brazilian landscape architect, and a world-recognized designer, has been the topic of many conversations surrounding the olympics in Rio de Janeiro.  Born in San Paulo in the early 1900s, he brought a unique style to the world of landscape architecture and to the country of Brazil. 

Working on many residential projects during his early career, his most famous and most visited project is the beach promenade at Copacabana.  The modernist pattern runs down sidewalk adjacent to the famous beach for nearly two and a half miles!  Burle Marx used the traditional Portuguese paving pattern but added his own style, creating a unique texture that, the most famous section, resembles waves.  In some areas the pattern becomes a series of abstract shapes, but remains black and white. Burle Marx also loved native tropical plants, using them throughout the promenade for pops of color.  

Here in Florida we use Philodendron Burle Marx, named after the famous Landscape Architect, on many of our projects.  The bright green plant grows 1’-2’ in height and spreads two to three times its height, allowing it to be used as a shrub or groundcover.  While it is native to Brazil it is used anywhere from in pots indoors, to mass plantings throughout the Naples area.  The unique heart-shaped leaf and waxy appearance help it stand out in the landscape. 

Burle Marx Philodendron