Brick pavers make a simple, handsome border and work well as edging material. They're ideal for a wide border that keeps grass out of the garden, yet allows flowers etc. to spill over without intruding onto the grass.
Shanghai studio XL-Muse has recently completed Yangzhou Zhongshuge, a library located in Zhen Yuan, China. The designers took inspiration from the stores waterside location, as well as the areas arched bridges.