An atrium is a large, open-air or skylight-covered space within a building. They came about in ancient Roman times, where they were a common fixture in homes as a way to provide light and ventilation to the interior of the house.
Modern atriums are usually several stories in height and are decorated with plant life, water features, and other architectural elements. They’re often used as impressive centerpieces in lobbies and are regularly utilized by visitors and employees as a peaceful reprieve from their busy work lives as a place to enjoy lunch or read a chapter or two of the book they’re working on.
The first thing to consider when designing a landscape plan for your atrium is scale and lighting. The size and light conditions of the atrium will determine what your opportunities are, and the appropriate plant varieties may be incorporated into the overall design. Next, you want to consider your budget--is this going to be a project that you take on yourself, or do you want something professionally installed?
Whether you’re looking for a few well-placed potted plants and some park benches, or something a little more intricate, you should consider hiring a professional to design and construct. They will know the types of plants that will thrive, the kind of maintenance required, and how to functionally achieve your vision.
At John Mini Distinctive Landscapes, we have designed, installed and maintained countless atriums, courtyards, rooftop gardens, and many other planted installations throughout the NYC metropolitan area. We can give you the distinct look that you’re going for. Contact us today to set up a consultation where we will take a look at the space, discuss what you’re looking for, and collaborate on a successful installation.