Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 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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This commission began as an hourly consulting agreement between CARBO Landscape Architecture and the clients for the site selection of their proposed new residence. CARBO Landscape Architecture was established in 1995 as Jeffrey Carbo Landscape Architects. The firm has 3 partners and 9 team members. The firm's work encompasses residential and estate gardens; regional parks; institutional, corporate, and academic campuses; botanical gardens; environmental education venues; urban streetscapes; and large scale planning initiatives. The challenge for the landscape architects was to find a parcel of land for the clients near the amenities and existing developments they desired, while accommodating their essential goals for a property that would feel remote, spacious and resort like. Ultimately, CARBO assisted in the selection of the site, the architect and developed a comprehensive master plan through to construction documents, administration and observation for all site and landscape components. The challenges presented to the landscape architects were at times a bit overwhelming. The clients desired many of the aspects typical of a suburban residence, yet they also desired acreage and many "park like" rural amenities. A 10-acre site is located in Alexandria, Louisiana (pop. 47,723), with lies near the geographic center of the state. The broader metro area has a population of some 154,000. The city lies on the south bank of the Red River, the second-largest river basin in the southern Great Plains. The Red River flows east between the Texas and Oklahoma borders, before turning south into Arkansas and Louisiana, then flowing into the Atchafalaya River in Louisiana, as the river makes its way to the Gulf of Mexico. At the 10-acre Christina Oaks Residence in Alexandria, Louisiana, the lower pool's infinity edge visually connects with the constructed lake/pond. An 8' wide composite bridge on the far side of the pond crosses over a drainage weir. 40 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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