Water Fountain Outdoor
While a fountain can be a focal point, it can also used to divide a space. Whether using a single jet or multiples, always consider combining it with light. Few features can compare with a pool in which a fountain is illuminated at night.
Most designers agree it prudent to restrict the jet height to half the radius of the pool. Although practical, this may not always produce a very appealing feature. Height can be added by using statuary or sculptures or if the areas low-wind, the jet of water can be equal to the radius of its pool or basin.
Types of Water Fountains:
This is an easy and fast way to install a large water feature. Just float the water feature to the desired location in the pool or lake. The bodies of floating fountains are filled with allow the fountain to float just below the surface of the water.
These can be classified into three types dependent on which element plays the dominant role; the water, the landscape (the surrounding area including landscape and architecture) or an equal combination of the water.
Current tastes in public water features are becoming more technological. Elaborate fountains that can be programmed and ‘dance’ to music are popular. Individual nozzles create patterns of water that vary height, sound and color. These fountains require sequence control panel.
+ Cascades & Waterfalls
When it comes to creating dramatic effects, waterfalls and cascades offer great opportunities. The power of water as it tumbles over a surface creates elements of great beauty that can be further enhanced by the effect of light on the moving surface of water.
Many materials are suitable for waterfalls but slate and marble should be avoided in areas with freeze/thaw cycles. A constant, continuous flow of water sent over a lip evenly and cleanly is vital for a satisfactory effect. A drip channels will be required in the underside of any flat stone to prevent the water from running back under. Recessed reglets or channels at each end of the waterwall are often required to prevent the water from tracking out over adjacent surfaces.
+ Rills & Channels
These features suggest visual and physical movement. They lead the eye in a given direction.
Rills are narrow which compresses the water to create a feeling of tension. For a rill to be effective,
it should be as long as possible and lead from one larger area of water to another.
Channels are also long and narrow, but on a large scale. They often move large volumes of water.