It’s not often that you get to design a restaurant that calls for a water feature, it is less often that you’d get the budget to create one worth drooling over.  Not only does it take up valuable floor space for tables, but it can also be poorly executed or maintained and ends up looking rusty and coated with a fur of green algae.  What could be less appetizing?

But given the right setting and design pedigree, a water feature (or a reflecting pool) can add an abundance of class and elegance.  It quiets and tempers any space and adds that serene quietness that comes with an air of scholarly poise.  Its movements are calming and engaging, while stillness delivers centered focus.

I wouldn’t mind trading alfresco dining this summer for a splash in the pool.