The Golden Ratio: Part 3

In our work with the Fibonacci Sequence, we’ve found it to be extremely effective in managing small landscapes, such as front and backyards. Often times spaces like this will need to serve many purposes, being adaptable to family life, yet structured and dependable into the future.  At our “Hilltop Courtyard” project, in Boulder, CO, we utilized techniques rooted in the Fibonacci Spiral to optimize a ~1,200 square foot side-yard, adjacent to the home. With the proper spatial organization and design vision, this area provided a perfect opportunity to extend our clients’ living space into the outdoors, and address some of their issues in: privacy, exposure and usability. 

Our team used the golden ratio here to identify the most effective layout and floor plan. This directly impacted the locations and sizes of elements such as: the custom steel and cedar pergola, granite water feature and horizontal panel fencing. In Hilltop Courtyard’s plans, seen below, we can see how the lines created in our fibonacci studies, have been incorporated into our final design. 

The outcome: This tight space now has multi-use capabilities, with distinct flow patterns and areas for gathering. Privacy has been achieved with the addition of custom fencing and plant screens, bringing an inviting, modern aesthetic with them. A new steel pergola and a variety of small trees create shaded gathering space, their locations in the landscape dictated by the Fibonacci Spiral.  On a small plan such as this, every inch counts, and the golden ratio proved to be a powerful tool in the pursuit of maximizing the potential of this landscape. 




The Golden Ratio is a series by the TLC Gardens Design Team. Read the next parts in this series here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 4