A rigorous program, precise architectural form and site restraints created new opportunities to design in a meaningful way. The landscape design emerged vertically and took root at three elevations. The three building levels include a below-grade patio, at grade gardens and play spaces and a roof garden.
We focused on creating a strong sense of place focused on family and growing food. Geometrical forms, refined materials and intensive plantings create a series of unique garden spaces perfect for a young, hard working family.
Codes restricted heights and setbacks of the building, but allowed for an additional basement level. The desire was to create a garden below grade that would bring light, air and plantings down, and create beautiful views for the basement rooms. We created a terraced garden, with a planted wall (which includes edible plants) and steps connecting to the garden. The dramatic colors and textures provide a striking view for the lower rooms.
At grade, there is a vegetable garden with dining and entertainment areas toward the back. The entire garden is planted with herbs and fruit trees. Small terraces provide places to relax and feast on the fresh harvest. We worked around four mature trees on the site and this guided our use of space, especially due to sun aspects for food production.
The front is divided into a more traditional entry garden, which features a small water feature, a fescue meadow and a floating step stone walk. This walk provides gracious access and allows water percolation to the soil.
The roof garden extends the master suite into a relaxing private spa retreat, with a soaking tub and shower. A jewel-like wall of recycled glass tiles sets off the outdoor tub. The plantings are functional as well as beautiful. They slow rainwater, insulate the house and provide privacy.