Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2016

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34 Landscape Architect and Specifier News After purchasing an adjacent property, the Park Cities, Texas client commissioned the Harold Leidner Landscape Architecture firm to create a stylish outdoor entertainment space. Park Cities (pop. 31,632) references two affluent Dallas area communities: the town of Highland Park and the city of University Park. The municipalities share a border and are considered an enclave surrounded by Dallas. The firm, established 25 years ago, specializes in the "design and installation of unique modern gardens that extend the outdoor living experience" to clients in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. A pool and cabana were top candidates for the new lot. As local code dictated that the structure had to be attached to the main house, it was important to find a way to differentiate new from old while maintaining a sense of consistency. The solution was to create an open-air cabana with a distinct architectural style that incorporates materials from the house. A pitched roof slopes toward the front entrance, reducing the façade to maintain the prominence of the main house. Grass-jointed paving disguises a circular drive that allows guests off-street parking space, while maintaining the subtlety of the cabana. The grass flows from the existing front lawn seamlessly into the added lot. Through the pivoting door the exposed steel beams of the ceiling grow taller to increase airflow and open views of the rear garden. Inside, a full bathroom with an indoor/outdoor shower is dressed in the same brick as the façade, continuing to blur the line between interior and exterior space. Beyond the bathroom lies a full outdoor kitchen, complete with a pizza oven and an island counter that doubles Above The green roof atop the pool cabana incorporates LiveRoof 6" modules (1' x 2' x 3-1/4") with approximately 6" of soil. Media cells were grown off site. The plantings, chosen for the microclimate and aesthetics of the site, are 'Blackfoot' daisies, 'Berkley' sedge, and blue and side-oats gramas. The perimeter stone path is for roof maintenance; it also hides the irrigation system. Pool House & Garden, Modern Park Cities, Texas By Harold Leidner Landscape Architects, Carrollton, Texas

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