I sometimes enter a garden, or a home, or an urban space, or a forest, or a cathedral and I can strongly feel the energy of the space. Look at these images for example:
|Looking through this obscured doorway invokes my curiosity. My energy level rises as I wonder what is on the other side, and I am drawn through the portal.|
|This natural scene is peaceful, serene and contemplative. My energy level relaxes and I feel soothed.|
|This lively city space is high energy; I feel activity in every corner of the space.|
It is also important to consider the future intended energy to occupy the space. Is the space intended for entertainment and activity? Or is it instead intended for finding peace after a busy day of life. The elements that we bring into the future garden should reflect the intended future energy. Although we do not naturally understand a space in such terms, we are affected by it whether we recognize the effect or not. Each garden that I get to know and create anew receives such consideration during my design process. It is equally important as the aesthetics and the functionality as it is essential to the excellence of both of these realms.