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Architectural Digest – Published August 2010

Posted on: April 29th, 2012

Landscape architect Bill Bensley was responsible for a complete redesign of the grounds at Anantara Resort & Spa, a 90-room hotel located in Thailand—in the Golden Triangle, the point where Myanmar, Laos and Thailand meet. Commanding a view over a jungle canopy, its pool may be the only one in the world that looks out onto three different countries. A poppy motif—a nod to the area’s history of opium trade—accents the pool.

Architect Alexander Gorlin created a guesthouse/studio for an artist in East Hampton, New York. He had designed a Palladian main house for the property almost 20 years earlier and welcomed the opportunity to build a complementary structure on the site that could stand on its own. Pictured: An old garden wall adjacent to the pool has been preserved and enhanced with plantings by its owner, who is an enthusiastic gardener. Trees obscure the guesthouse/studio, which is just up the hill.

On California’s Newport Coast—the stretch of the Pacific long nicknamed the American Riviera—Donald Bren, chairman of the Irvine Company, decided to build Pelican Hill, a Mediterranean-style resort. The westerly view from the clubhouse pool takes in not only the lower terraces and golf courses of the hotel but the whole of Newport Harbor. Lining the pool are 300,000 hand-cut blue glass tiles.

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