In order to reveal the latent beauty of a varied landscape consisting of wet meadows, rock outcroppings, and stands of mature canopy trees, we decided to clear the overgrown and invasive vegetation on this 11-acre property in upstate New York. The newly exposed natural features provided the framework for an integrated site design that weaves a new series of structured garden spaces into the existing landscape.
The fluid landscape sequence starts from the entrance drive and enters the individual garden. The linear stone wall emphasizes the contrast between natural landscape and architectural landscape in the whole new garden space. In swimming pools and cabins, they create an edge while guiding their views to existing ponds and lawns. On croquet lawn, the wall restricts the adjacent edge of the lawn and strengthens the lawn into a place that is geometrically opposite to the surrounding forest land.
In the garden, we adopted a large number of low maintenance plants and gentle topography to create clear edges that seemed to dissolve in the surrounding landscape. These breakthroughs at the edge provide a carefully controlled vision, creating cohesion between one space and the next, thus eventually unifying the entire property.
Photos by LJLA
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