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Interlocking Concrete Pavers
Interlocking concrete Pavers are also called Segmental Pavers. This special type of of pavers have emerged in the United States over the last few decades.
Earlier, brick, clay or concrete was used for paving. These conventional materials used for paving have been replaced by the Interlocking pavers.
If we are to study history, we will see that Segmental pavers have been used since Roman times for thousands of years ago. Romans used Segmental pavers to build roads.
In the mid 1940s, pavers began to be produced out of concrete. The use of interlocking pavers happened for a reason.
Holland lies below sea level because of which the ground in Holland shifts, moves and sinks. This made it clear to the designers that they needed the roads to be made flexible which would help in preventing the cracking of roads.
In this case, if poured concrete was to be used, its rigid nature would not be able to take the movement of the ground and would result in cracking of the roads.
It was also noticed that the concrete pavers when laid in sand performed much better than the concrete pavers laid in concrete.
Since the evolution of concrete pavers took place in Holland, they were called as Holland Stones.
The size of the concrete pavers was 4”x8” and was shaped just like a brick.
If we design a building aesthetically good and also decorate it beautifully from inside, yet if its surrounding outside area is rubbish, then the beauty of the building will be considered reduced. As such the building must have a beautiful surrounding. This is achieved by landscape development.
Landscaping is an art of planning the drives, walks, lawns, shrubs, gardens, flower-beds etc. so as to form a beautiful setting for a building. The main purpose of landscaping is to create a joyful environment round the building and give the occupants a healthy breath, good appearance and natural beauty.
The possibility of building a villa arose at a time when control of the hinterland by cities rendered fortified rural settlements unnecessary. Existing country houses belonging to the large land owning town nobility could be converted and newly built villas built solely for enjoying rural life did not need to be defensible as a castle. Both types represent the cultural ideal of rural life the so called villeggiatura.
Italian gardens are characterized by the abundance of architectural features or built features in the garden. Staircases, balustrades, cascades pavilions and pavements – even the cypress avenues are imitations of colonnades. The origins of the style are to be found in ancient Rome. They took the pains to site their villas on the countryside with exceptional views, where cooling breeze would reach them above malarial valleys. Within the villas there were courts and colonnades designed for every phase of wind and weather.
Development of Gardens
Development of Gardens began with the evolution of Egyptian Style followed by Persian Gardens which brought about a revolution in the field of Landscape Architecture…
Every Gardening Style that evolved after Persian Gardens was an imitation of the previous style and then gradually disappeared in a few years. The phase of the evolution of various gardening styles is termed as “Modern Garden Architecture“.
In this article, we are going to discuss the Evolution of Dutch Gardening Style…
As dedicated florists, the Dutch imitated French Gardening Style. Dutch Gardens are distinguished by its dense atmosphere and efficient use of space. The gardens where the tulips plantations are dense are also termed as Dutch Gardens.