Landscape Architect & Specifier News

APR 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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76 Landscape Architect and Specifier News more open as it descends the site. The terraces culminate in an infinity waterfall at the pool, enhancing the visual connection between the house, terraces and lower lawn. The clean and elegant lines of the modern design are softened with a restrained planting, and open lawn stairs provide edges for the spaces while maintaining a strong connection between them. Linear hardscape and cascading outdoor rooms draw the user through the garden while maximizing the connection across the site. Construction details were developed that uniquely addressed the site-specific conditions of ledge and mature vegetation. Preservation of the oak grove not only informed the design, but also required the implementation of a plan, which focused on tree health during construction and responded to post-construction impacts. From perforated footing design of paving which promotes aeration and porosity, to amended soils and de-compaction treatments, the construction methods were largely driven by tree preservation. Working with a structural engineer, a strategy was developed to anchor the terraces and structures directly into the bedrock ledge just under the surface, while a sophisticated drainage system captures and recharges the perched groundwater and surface runoff. The significance of this project is its sensitivity to the historic nature of the site while successfully melding two contrasting design styles to create a modern landscape renovation that sits comfortably within a traditional neighborhood. Bridal Veil Astilbe Astilbe x arendsii 'Bridal Veil' American Holly Ilex opaca Oakleaf hydrangea Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen' Common boxwood Buxus sempervirens Green Sheen Japanese Spurge Pachysandra terminalis 'Green Sheen' Above: Lawn stairs present a challenge when it comes to lighting. The lack of vertical elements to place fixtures on, and the lack of planting to place the fixtures within, makes it difficult to provide lighting that is not overly invasive. PHOTO CREDIT: GREG PREMRU Top Right: Bluestone walks interrupt the lawn treads providing well defined paths for movement between spaces. Where paths are flanked by planting, Excelsior path lights are used. The design of these fixtures, further adds to the linear expression within the garden. PHOTO CREDIT: NEIL LANDINO

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