NOTHING feels more refreshing than when one is outdoors, relaxing under a shade as a gentle breeze flows, breathing in the fresh air and listening to the hum of nature. There is no denying that a nice and green landscaped environment can bring life to a living space and take residential living up a notch.
“If landscapes are designed properly, then you will give an enduring environment for the residents to live in. It can be your companion throughout the time that you live in that development,” says landscape architect and the managing director of Walrus Designs Sdn Bhd, Julien Thomas Hodson-Walker.
As time passes, the landscape matures and becomes more lush and beautiful.
“Time is a great companion to a landscape. Buildings look best when they are first developed but they deteriorate over time. But, it is the opposite for landscapes. They look [their] worst when they are completed but they look better and better as the development such as a township matures, so residents can definitely look forward to that,” Hodson-Walker tells TheEdgeProperty.com.
Hodson-Walker started off as a landscape architect in Derek Lovejoy Partnership in the UK in 1993 before he made his move to Asia and the Middle East. Since then, he has worked with Aspinwall Clouston before moving to Walrus Design (formerly known as ICN Design International Sdn Bhd). Hodson-Walker has worked on many projects locally including Desa ParkCity, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur and the Putrajaya Urban Design Guidelines for Precincts 3, 4, 5, 6 and 18.
Overseas, he has worked on projects such as the York Science Park in the UK, Sharm El Sheikh hotel and resort complex in Egypt, the Orchard Road Experience District 9 in Singapore and office complex Raheja Towers in India. He holds a post graduate diploma in landscape architecture with distinction as well as a Bachelor of Arts in landscape architecture from Manchester Polytechnic. He is an associate member of the Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia, the Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects and the Chartered Landscape Architect of The Landscape Institute, UK.