Native northwest landscape is coupled with a sophisticated Asian sense of order, view and perspective. The courtyard allows for a gracious, established, lush arrival with seasonal interest in color, texture and form - a spirited display of artistic beauty – a contained ‘safe’ space. Landform, natural stone and careful selection of plant materials transform this area into landscape art within the greater landscape. The pond area is an opportunity to offer visual surprise and delight to the experience of arrival, to create an contemplative respite while strolling through the grounds, and an extraordinary freshwater playground for children. Features of this area include the Tea House and bridge to the island.