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dhd damir hurdich：班尼特山谷位于加利福尼亚北，就像其他美丽的山谷一样，覆盖着大片原始的橡树林和当地的动植物。2017年，修女的大火烧毁了这里，当时这个项目正在建设中，它是当地景观抵抗森林大火的一个例子。
dhd damir hurdich：Bennett Valley, like many beautiful valleys in northern California is covered by untouched expanse of old heritage oaks and native flora and fauna; in 2017, the Nuns fire burned through it making it the 9th worst fire ever recorded. This project was in construction when the unfortunate even happened and is an example of native landscape resistance to fire and its destruction.
The homeowners purchased this large piece of land for its beauty, its views and have immense appreciation for its natural state. The undeveloped land was to become a home: the landscape design team was to design the driveway and a pedestrian access to the house; create outdoor spaces that seamlessly connect with the house and the surrounding landscape; finally, design a pool and hot tub as a central unifying factor. The established site program goal was also to have minimal negative impact on site, preserve its natural beauty while allowing the development to fit in snuggly and with ease into it.
The new vehicular arrival is fully permeable and is finished with gold gravel which seamlessly blends into the native California landscape. The arrival softscape approach is threaded with rocks found on site during excavation and native grasses, Carex tumulicoa and native Arctostaphylos varieties.
The pedestrian entry to house is introduced by poured in place concrete paving threaded through the continuous carpet of the gold gravel. The paving draws the attention to the threshold between vehicular and pedestrian traffic; leave the car behind and engage with the site and the residence on a closer scale.
当穿过入口两旁巨大的橡树，进入住宅之后，景观设计就开始成为主角。Damir Hurdich说，在材料选择和施工方面，设计的线条十分简洁，但是茅草的蔓延却使得它变得柔软、有机、变幻无常。软性的有机和坚硬的构造是整个场地的共同主线，入口设计就是一个极好的例子: Calamagrostis acutilfora的柔软边缘与完美笔直的金属台阶薄片相映衬，而在建筑的另一侧，混凝土板墙与柏克莱莎草相互交杂。
As we move through the arrival points into the house, and leave behind the large oaks, the constructed part of the landscape becomes more apparent. The design intention in material selection and constructability switches from organic to clean and constructed that interacts with soft, organic and whimsical playfulness of grasses edging them, says damir hurdich, the principal of dhd damir hurdich design. This concept of soft and organic against hard and constructed is a common thread throughout the site; the front entry is an excellent example of design intention: soft edge of the Calamagrostis acutilfora against the thin slices of perfectly straight steel stairs. On the opposite side, a board concrete wall soft mingling with the Berkeley sedge above.
The front door of the house is designed to have an integral role as a connection between the private and the public, yet, a part of both; the landscape seamlessly touches the front and enters the back, the private part of the property. The back courtyard is organized around a pool, which is centrally located binding the indoors and the outdoors together. The hardscape in between is cozy and minimal, organized so that the outdoor room with a fire pit blends into the pool patio, allowing both areas to expend into each other. Considering the size of the shared patio the design goal was to make the patio appear larger though simplicity and a minimal material selection approach.
The patio materials is poured in place concrete extending over the pool and replacing the need for typical pool coping. A narrow channel of planted strips behind the site concrete wall hides drains but also houses a planted edge against the concrete retaining wall. The lessons from “less is more” was rooted in the courtyard hardscape design to make it appear larger, more open and inviting yet clean and functional.
Like on any project, the designers were set to solve some relatively difficult dilemmas. In this case, we needed access to a private wing of the house and an outdoor shower that sat above the back retaining wall. The special configuration of the courtyard hardscape did not allow for a typical stair. Design solution is a sculptural, cantilevered bench, built on the wall with a shape that allows someone to hop up the bench and access the outdoor shower and the house wing. The bench had become a place to sit on, a place as egress and a focal point and a sculpture.
植栽设计旨在将杂乱的柔软与坚硬相对抗，并在有限的区域内构建直线元素，柔软的草种植在粗糙的岩石、笔直的混凝土挡土墙周围，最终的效果既简约又值得赏玩，相辅相成。野花是整个画布上的最后一笔，各种羽扇豆和与原生草混杂的加州罂粟将场地和自然景观相融合，也可以减少土地侵蚀。植物的选用也适宜当地气候，不需要太多灌溉，也不是鹿、囊地鼠和兔子喜欢啃食的品种，包括许多本地品种的加州橡树、洋槐树和杨梅，小叶薰衣草(Lavandula angustifolia Munstead)、茅苔草(Carex racicoa)、菖蒲(Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerester)和狼尾草(Pennisetum orientale)等。
The planting approach was to bring messy softness against the hard, and constructed straight elements throughout the limited landscape area on the site. The final result is a careful simplicity and playfulness where both hard and soft draw attention to each outer. Soft grasses against rough boulders and rocks and perfect, straight, concrete retaining walls. Wildflowers complete the scene: varieties of lupines, California poppies mixed with native meadow grasses hug ther larger site, blending the oak lands with this carefully curated site improvement endevour. The planting palette is climate appropriate and low water use and deer, gopher and rabbit resistant. The planting material consists of many native varieties California Oaks, Ceanothus and Myrica species for screening; Grasses such as Carex tumulicoa, Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerester and Pennisetum orientale were interrupted in small areas by a dwarf variety of Lavandula angustifolia Munstead. The site is generally supported with healthy dose of native wildflowers including Lupinus spp., California poppies and native meadow grasses for the larger site as erosion control and site stability.
The beauty of the site is undeniable. The design team was set to create a harmonious existence between the natural and new. The old oaks are still standing in their natural, organic, gnarly presence, representing the natural resilience to fire and destruction it leaves. The development planting approach was respectful of the trees, its existing microclimates and ecology and its fauna.
景观设计：dhd damir hurdich design
施工：Fairweather and Associates
Project Name: Bennett Valley Residence
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Project Size: 76000 sq. ft.
Landscape Design: dhd damir hurdich design
Construction: Fairweather and Associates
Landscape Photography: Marion Brenner
Editor: Jiangyan Shou
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