Landscape Trends: Spout and Trough Fountains

May 18, 2018Gardening and Landscaping Standard

Have you noticed any simple yet striking fountains about recently? Their rectilinear types resemble troughs, plus they usually have a simple horizontal runner that the water splashes down. In the history of landscape architecture, two precedents utilizing this kind of fountain design stand out in my mind. The first is that the work of Luis Barragan, who used oversized trough and spout fountains as a bold move. The next precedent is that the troughs A.E. Bye utilized in Kentucky on a horse farm.

The extended trough-like fountains borrowed from the vernacular parts of the equestrian landscape. It’s a versatile type to use, as it could be scaled to the pleasing proportions that match individual landscapes. Let’s have a look.

Arterra Landscape Architects

I asked some of my landscape architecture pals things to call this type of fountains, and all we can think of was “spout and trough fountains” While the origin of the water isn’t technically a spout, the method by which the water falls out of the runner resembles one.

This fountain highlights the different heights of this patio area, together with the water flow from one down to another.

Huettl Landscape Architecture

This trough-like fountain fits directly into the rural landscape also helps specify the transitional area between the outdoor rooms and remainder of the property. It’s hard and straight edges between the fence and street and the terrace.

Huettl Landscape Architecture

Here’s a closer look at the fountain itself.

Rossington Architecture

A variation on the design, this trough provides a koi pond.

Arterra Landscape Architects

Here a solid perpendicular line is created by the spout to the pond that is very long. The metal that is dark next to the concrete that is mild is a nice contrast.

Studio William Hefner

This entryway is filled by the water together with the relaxing sound of water.

Here the runner and spout add yet another strong rectalinear form.

Randy Thueme Design Inc. – Landscape Architecture

This large-scale trough and spout acts as a boundary between the constructed landscape and a cliff that appears over the Pacific ocean.

This spout, an expansion of the backyard facade of the house, creates a solid connection between the inside and the lawn.

This same home has a massive garage doorway between the living room and the terrace, so the line between indoors and outside is nearly seamless. In fact, it toys with us the terrace has a hardwood surface and also the floor of the inside is concrete, Placing our expectations.

Five Two Industries

Here our runner goes down a wall, makes a 90-degree angle, and allows the water run in the trough. It’s a solid vertical component in the design.

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