Another landscape friend of mine commented: “Hello stranger – great article on martha – thanks – saw it on the weekend – I was in Abu dhabi – its is a parterre garden – viewed only from above – and not used”
Put me on the side of those who don’t like it. Seems contrived, fussy, the paving pattern doesn’t appear to have logic and the many motifs don’t strongly support the overall concept. If the trees ever get large there may be enough shade so the granite benches aren’t 130 deg. but till then you’ll never see my tush on them. Hope they don’t have pigeons in Abu Dhabi–they really love to roost in Indian fig trees.