Located in the midst of oak woodlands in the Los Altos Hills, the striking modernism of Slot House called for a decisive but restrained approach to its landscape plan, with colors and textures that stand up to the home’s bold forms yet soften its angularity. A minimal palette of warm tones on the house and paving with pops of red in plants and an architectural fountain, and a living roof with succulent garden add interest and invite exploration while deftly integrating the home into its hillside site.
The integrated design of the architecture and landscape was shaped by the client’s appreciation for modern design and keen attention to its oak woodlands context. A minimalist landscape palette complements the strong lines of the house while linking it to the surrounding forested hills. Sustainability drove the approach to water management through the use of drought-tolerant plants; hydrozoned irrigation; the introduction of fruit trees for shade; and the installation of dissipation basins, which slow runoff and return water to the ground.
Photos by: Adam Rouse
Credits: - Arterra Landscape Architects - Lead Designer - Kate Stickley