What Is an Architrave in Landscape Architecture?

When researching landscape architecture features, you may see terms that you haven’t heard before. Some of these have different meanings when referring to interior and exterior architecture. One such example is an architrave. Inside your home, this feature looks different from the type used in your landscaping. What is this feature, and should you include it in your landscape? Discover more about this misunderstood architectural element.

What Is an Architrave?

Classically, an architrave was used as an outdoor design element. It was the bottom part of the entablature, which was the horizontal construction atop columns. The frieze and cornice typically stood atop the architrave. Some classical styles did not decorate the architrave while others did. Wooden structures referred to the architrave as the horizontal beam the columns beneath supported.

Indoors, the this element can refer to a decorative casing or molding surrounding doors or windows. These features often appeared in 19th and early 20th century architecture and slowly vanished as design lines became simpler.

How Do Architects Use Architraves in Landscape Design?

In landscape design, architects use the classical definition of an architrave when incorporating them into the landscape. For instance, a landscape architect may include columns joined together at the top with an entablature that includes an architrave to create a visual focal point in the area.

Examples of Architraves in Outdoor Living Areas

One example of a well-used architrave outdoors is the one in this space at Benedict Canyon designed by Mark Scott. The structure is curved to connect the columns surrounding a fountain, drawing the eye to this water feature in the garden.

Another example of this element in the landscape is found in this rendering for a Mediterranean space in Orange County. The entablature tops columns that surround the one end of the pool. Another pair of columns supporting their own horizontal entablature atop them creates the doorway leading into the pool area, to separate the pool from the rest of the outdoor space.

Find Out If Integrating Classically Inspired Elements into Your Outdoor Space Is a Good Option for Your Yard

If you want to find out more about classical elements and if they will work with your outdoor space, contact Mark Scott Associates. You will have a professionally designed outdoor space that fits your personal tastes and style. This design will feature both hardscape elements and plants for a perfectly styled landscape.