Whether indoors or out, few design elements are as dramatic and arresting as a waterfall, water wall, Koi pond, reflecting pool or statuesque fountain. These water features add beauty and value to any property or building, whether they are inside a lobby or common area or outside a gathering area or main entrance.
“A water feature is basically a signature piece or focal point for the building,” says Dan Euser, a landscape architect with Dan Euser Waterarchitecture Inc., in Richmond Hill, Ontario, whose firm does projects nationwide and creates reflecting pools, architectural waterfalls, art installations, rain curtains, classical fountains, animated fountains, fog and steam fountains, ice and winter fountains, children’s water play areas, swimming pools, multi-function water feature areas and more. He is well known for his human-made waterfall, installed as part of the National September 11 Memorial at the former site of the World Trade Center in New York.
“Some water features are an interactive type of water play, while others are just for the pleasant sound or reflective qualities or even to masque the public sounds,” says Euser. “There are so many different ways it’s done or used.”
Water features can be inside or outside and include anything from a simple brick-paved garden pond to an extensive man-made filtered pond complete with fish, waterfalls, flowers and plants. According to PondWorks, an aquatic design, construction and maintenance company that offers services in six states nationally from New York to Maryland, garden ponds are perhaps the most common type of water feature one can have. Both formal and naturalistic, they come in nearly every size, shape and style and are found in both residential and commercial settings.
Garden ponds are water features that usually contain plants and fish and can be lush living habitats for many species. These features accentuate and enhance the environment and are often a focal point of any design. Garden ponds are balanced, healthy aquatic ecosystems. Filtration systems for these water features use both biological and mechanical means but are generally smaller, less complex and less costly than that of a comparable size koi pond, according to PondWorks.