The role of landscape architecture in “glamping” resorts • Hotel Designs

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  • Traditional resort complex with highly ornamental plantings, flexible lawn areas, drop-off sculptures, restaurant and lobby
  • Natural aesthetics to blend in or be part of the natural environment
  • Animal reserves and zoos offering a safari experience in time
  • Themed landscapes – more recently we have developed a pet tent complex with an agility course, dog pool, sand hill and even a cat climbing room
  • Botany which typically focuses on organic farming practices, wellness lifestyle choices, and community gatherings
  • Urban environments such as rooftops with spectacular views
  • Pop-up Glamping that caters to short term events and festivals where tents are stored and reused year after year.

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There is as much skill, if not more, in touching the ground lightly and creating a landscape aesthetic that resembles a natural environment, but even more importantly, the landscape architecture critically allows tents to bring the outdoors in. inside in a sinuous way thanks to 4 of the senses.

  • placement of tents to maximize views and even lighting for nighttime effects,
  • natural breezes that direct the touch through the tents,
  • careful selection of the aromatic scents of the flora and
  • sound birds attracting plants, flowing water features and rustling tree selection.

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To allow a better understanding of the role of landscape in glamping complexes, a case study was selected – Tiarasa Escape.

The site is located at Janda Baik, Mukim Bentong. Janda Baik (which incidentally means good widow) is a small village about 50 km from Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia.

The site included existing fruit trees (durian, rambutan, jackfruit and mangosteen), a fish farm and located next to a small river, Sungai Nerong and surrounded by vegetable gardens owned by local villagers.

Image credit: Bushtec Safari Asia

Our approach is to take advantage of its special qualities, not by imposing the setting but by emphasizing and drawing attention to the features of the landscape. The path, tents and buildings are sculpted and blend into the site with minimal disturbance and embrace rocks, slopes and trees, without seeing them as obstacles. The beauty and integrity of the landscape and its special qualities shine through each tent site. We created the design of the Glamping and Treehouse as an integrated building process, adjusting the trail design as we discovered each rock and preserving the beauty of the natural site.

Create places

As more and more travelers explore the world, so too does the expectation of creating a unique local experience. Our approach to any site is to take advantage of its natural qualities, without imposing the setting, but emphasizing and directing attention to the features of the landscape. Buildings blend into the site with minimal disturbance and embrace rocks, slopes and trees, without seeing them as obstacles. The beauty and integrity of the land and its special qualities shine through every concept. The Tiarasa Escape Resort is intended to lightly ‘touch the earth’, ‘teach forest stories’ and ‘experience life in a traditional kampung setting’, all in a modern luxury getaway.

Integrated into the site

Each of our glamping resorts has a design vision. We take the basic elements that we know how to operate hotel complexes and blend them with unique elements as well as specific guest requests to create an overall feel across the landscape and outdoor spaces. The landscape is designed on multiple scales so that the guest has a certain feel upon arrival and continues to experience special features throughout their stay. Private spaces and large-scale gathering areas envelop the guest in the surrounding landscape.

Immersion in nature

We subscribe to the belief that plants make space. Our plantation design is based on a deep understanding of local environments and the desire to enhance indigenous communities while inviting human habitation and enjoyment. Native fruit trees, productive planting and an emphasis on endangered species create places and reinforce environmental significance.

The design of the Tiarasa Escapes glamping plantation, shown here, is based on the concept of the “rainforest orchard”. Formerly a kampung orchard, the site has mature durians, longans and mangosteen which were all protected during construction. The continued planting of native rainforest fruit trees promotes guest enjoyment as well as ecological benefits to other flower and wildlife communities.

The landscape is an essential sensory element in the design aesthetic of a glamping complex. It’s about organizing a holistic outdoor experience and the landscape should always have a purpose. It’s more than just a feast for the eyes. It is important that it is beautiful, but it must also convey a story, an emphasized purpose and make a great contribution to the physical environments with an emphasis on the protection of naturalness and cultural identity.

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