Raymond Jungles, Inc. ：佛罗里达的椰林是一个由不同风格和不同规模的建筑组成的家庭建筑群。景观设计展示了园林元素如何与自然环境无缝融合。设计重新诠释了保存，并在一个空间的范围内体现了创造性的冲动。
Raymond Jungles, Inc. ：The Coconut Grove, FL Garden is a family compound comprised of disparate styles and scales of architecture. The landscape design demonstrates how garden elements can meld the built environment seamlessly with the natural. The design reinterprets preservation and exemplifies creative impulse within the confines of a site’s context.
The family compound has a continuous design language, from the site-specific use of materials to the indigenous plantings and incorporation of water. The architecture is a blend of contemporary and historic, however, the landscape allows them to connect, not compete. Master bedrooms and baths of the residences were designed to open towards private garden spaces that were previously drive up parking areas. A covered air-conditioned courtyard that housed a spa area was reverted back to its original use. Now converted, this area is an open-air courtyard where a water feature peeks between curved Cabada palms.
Landforms and sculptural spaces are defined by monolithic slabs of oolitic limestone which serve as unifying elements. Use of these stone formations organizes the site for pedestrian circulation, connections to residential structures and to articulate boundaries. More than five hundred cubic yards, which represents eighty percent of the stone was excavated on-site, underscoring the project’s ecological footprint. For a long period of time, the site was a dust-filled quarry abounding with excavators carving out between the fluorescent lines drawn from Raymond’s spray paint wand; his on-site pencil.
Habitat was reestablished. Trees common to the vanishing tropical hardwood hammock were planted, including Live Oak, Milkbark, Gumbo Limbo, Lignum Vitae and Pigeon Plum. More than five hundred palms, cycads, and fragrant flowering trees and shrubs enhance the well-balanced spaces, imparting a provocative sense of variety.
The first of two grottos was designed to unify two disparate forms of architecture and to create a sense of privacy. In 2004, a hurricane uprooted an existing Oak tree, enabling Raymond to reposition the tree to lean over the grotto. The garden participant is led under the canopy of the leaning Oak tree and low hanging fronds to the water’s edge. Water trickles from a carved oolite fountain basin, staining the stone in a brown ooze of calcium deposits and moss framed by Philodendron wilsonii and Silver Saw Palmetto. Lawn areas trace around the top of the grotto and connect to the driveway at the base of the Banyan tree.
Location: Coconut Grove, Florida
Size: 3.35 Acres
Architecture: Alison Spear, Greg Kafman, PROUN Space Studio
Photography: Annie Schlechter, Marion Brenner and Steven Brooke