Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 2018

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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Light It Up The landscape design became a study in light, shadow, texture, color and forms. Plantings playing against corten steel slabs were an archetype for the many plantings on the property. The building materials were chosen within the firm's philosophy of utilizing traditional materials with innovative forms, and the sophisticated lighting design provided a dramatic night environment. Since the homeowners entertained both formally and informally, nighttime use of the outdoors was of critical importance. The clients desired a system of low energy consuming lighting that they could manage via a mobile app. The final solution utilized GE Z wave adapters and their corresponding mobile software app. The design team specified low voltage lights manufactured by Volt and BK Lighting, and numerous small 75-watt transformers were designed to create ultimate programmability. The fixtures utilized LED lamps between 3 and 5 watts, creating very low energy consumption. Putting It Together The clients' requirements for the overall project were multifaceted. Similar to any large estate, the fusing of space allocation, social functions, hardscape, grading and drainage, planting and irrigation design all became topics of opportunity, constraint and solution. Once the conceptual social spaces were formalized and visualized in SketchUp, the designers quickly went to work on the details for color, form and finish. Being amongst the trees, BBQ counter, fire feature and water, built-in and movable seating served multiple functions in several different areas. The Koi pond was Above: RMA created a design that incorporated many different factors yet blended them together to create a streamlined landscape. 1. New Entry with Corten Panels, 2. Bluestone Paving with Fountain, 3. Dog Run, 4. Stable Access, 5. BBQ and Food Prep, 6. Social Patio, 7. Upper Deck, 8. Koi Pond, 9. Lower Deck, 10. Pool and Spa, 11. Fire Pit, 12. Alpaca Stables PHOTO: ROBERT MOWAT ASSOCIATES 42 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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