Work Of Art
The artist's studio and koi pond that make up this Moraga, Calif., project are inextricably intertwined. “The inspiration for my work comes from the pond,” says the client, a painter who lives with her husband in a house on the same piece of property. The pond goes right up to the edge of the studio, and the two structures share a concrete foundation wall. Project manager Satya Palani used sustainable concrete with a high content of fly ash, a by-product of coal-fueled electric power plants. The pond is landscaped with artificial rocks of lightweight cement, as well as vegetation like ogon, a Japanese grass, and equisetum, a horsetail plant. Its mechanical filtration system includes a UV filter to kill harmful bacteria. “We scoop the bottom of the pond once or twice a week,” says the client. About 30 lucky fish inhabit the 16,000-gallon pond—enough to inspire galleries full of paintings.