Backyard Sanctuary With Colorful Koi

A large fish tank filled with colorful koi makes a fresh statement in this contemporary backyard designed by Zen Associates. Blue LED lights have a cool effect after the sun goes down, highighting the sleek water features and waterfall that flows into the pond.

Photo By: ZEN Associates, Inc.

Photo By: ZEN Associates, Inc.

Photo By: ZEN Associates, Inc.

Photo By: ZEN Associates, Inc.

Photo By: ZEN Associates, Inc.

Photo By: ZEN Associates, Inc.

Photo By: ZEN Associates, Inc.

Photo By: ZEN Associates, Inc.

Oversized Fish Tank Makes Dramatic Statement

A giant fish tank makes a stunning focal point, where the grand rear terrace steps down onto an expansive lawn. Not only does it provide a useful transition for the grade change, but it also bridges the home’s interior with the outdoors. The lit tank, with its hand-painted tiles and colorful koi, provides a whimsical dash to an otherwise muted landscape — and nods to the homeowner’s impressive collection of '60s Pop Art inside.

Oversized Fish Tank Makes Dramatic Statement

A giant fish tank makes a stunning focal point, where the grand rear terrace steps down onto an expansive lawn. Not only does it provide a useful transition for the grade change, but it also bridges the home’s interior with the outdoors. The lit tank, with its hand-painted tiles and colorful koi, provides a whimsical dash to an otherwise muted landscape — and nods to the homeowner’s impressive collection of '60s Pop Art inside.

Contemporary Outdoor Living Space is Welcoming, Cozy

A round fire pit surrounded by large boulders is a cozy place to gather. The giant fish tank is a cool centerpiece to the backyard, which features natural-inspired walkways and stairs leading throughout space.

Sleek Water Feature in Contemporary Outdoor Living Space

A large cube water feature with underlighting makes a striking statement in this outdoor living space. Small trees and shrubs combine with boulders to surround the entire space, creating a more natural environment.

Contemporary Backyard Space is Perfect for Entertaining

Boulders and shrubs surround this contemporary outdoor space, creating a natural setting for the cool, relaxing space. A large fish tank brings a one-of-a-kind design element to the backyard, which has covered sitting areas, a cozy fire pit and expansive lawn.

Contemporary Outdoor Living Space With Water Feature

The expansive backyard is broken up into smaller living spaces, like this intimate sitting area. The fire and water element mixes a warm fire pit area with a sleek waterfall. Textured stone walls provide privacy to the outdoor space.

Contemporary Home With Nature-Inspired Waterfall

Soft greenery intersperses between large boulders to create a dramatic and natural waterfall into a fish pond. Pebbles are used as the bed of the pond, bringing texture to the space.

Contemporary Outdoor Living Perfect for Evening Entertaining

Lighting is crucial to the design because the grounds are used just as much — if not more — at nighttime as during the day. LED lights illuminate a series of drums where buffets are laid out on the main terrace, while a series of light-display panels in the wall behind them contain video screens that can mimic fish swimming in the ocean, or other scenes to enliven the background for big gatherings. Steps and pathways glow in the dark, along with intimate living and dining areas. In this respect, designing these spaces with furnishings and light placement required an approach similar to a home’s interior.