How an Anaheim resort will use landscaping to maximize views

Orange County-based Lifescapes International will design the landscape environment for the $245-million development of the Westin Anaheim Resort, a four-diamond resort by local developer Wincome Group.

Upon completion, the Westin Anaheim Resort will have more than 600 guestrooms within a 630,000 square-foot landscaped environment with social gathering spaces.

Taking advantage of the resort’s proximity to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, Lifescapes will design a rooftop deck with views of the park and nightly fireworks shows.

The new deck will have banquette seating around fire pits, with portable shade structures and furniture that can accommodate public gatherings as well as private parties, weddings or corporate events. Lifescapes also plans to integrate a long, linear raised water feature with floating planters.

Lifescapes will also design the four-diamond luxury resort’s new pool area, including two pools and a spa surrounded by greenery and lounge furniture. The main pool will have private cabanas, while the secondary pool will have an overhead structure for shade and a nearby restaurant with seating areas overlooking the pool.

Lifescapes will also design a motor court for the new resort, with specialty paving in a custom design with lanes for traffic. The motor court will have an on-grade fountain with a water feature that can be turned off to allow cars to park or drive over it when needed.

The Westin Anaheim Resort will be located at 1030 W. Katella Avenue in Anaheim, California, south of the Disneyland Resort and west of the Anaheim Convention Center, which recently underwent a $190 million expansion project.

In addition to landscape architect, Al Amador, Lifescapes’ design team on the project includes Roger Voettiner, VP of design; Mike Meyers, senior project director; Fernando Ortiz, project manager; and Berj Behesnilian, field art director.

Michael Hong Architects will serve as the architect on the project, with HED serving as architect of record.  Interiors will be designed by Dianna Wong Architecture & Interior Design, while GLUMAC will oversee engineering/MEP and Englekirk handles structural engineering.

Lifescapes’ clients include the Bellagio Resort & Casino, Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, Fontainebleau Miami Beach (remodel in 2008) and the Wynn Las Vegas.