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Two courtyards interlink the residence
allowing each room to enjoy the visual landscape. The
garden is built as a functioning green roof over a portion
of the residence, leaving the steeply sloping site undisturbed.
Water is the unifying element in the landscape design.
Atmospheric mist, single rivulets, cascades, and still
pools portray water in its various states and forms.
Just beyond the walls, the native landscape has been
retained and preserved.
Quality of design and execution
A walled entry garden in a pinwheel arrangement of granite
slabs on the horizontal plane is contrasted by naturalized
groups of quaking aspens acting as vertical punctuation.
The slabs function as sculptural seating benches and
tables. The garden surrounds a central stone misting
fountain influencing the enclosed space with an intermittent
The second garden, in comparison, is an
expansive, promontory entertainment space. The design
program anticipated large gatherings of the owners’
friends. With frequent afternoon rains, the space is
designed to include the possibility of tenting the entire
yard. A cascading wall of water forms the backdrop to
the garden, disappearing suddenly into quiet reflecting
pools, one of which also functions as a recreational
spa. A separate, geometric pool of shallow water is
located in the center of the courtyard. From the promontory
above, this plane provides a mirror to the dramatic
ever changing sky. The promontory garden is elevated
above the surrounding landscape to celebrate the dramatic
views at the very edge of the skyline.
Environmental sensitivity and
By limiting the disturbance with walls and adapting
the home to the hillside site, the residential garden
becomes part of the natural setting. Sustainable design
- Plants native to the sub-alpine life
zone were utilized in the landscape design. Often
unavailable from commercial nurseries, some species
were specifically grown for this site.
- The concept of the garden was adapted
to the conditions of high altitude with selections
of plant materials, soils on the site, and revegetation
methods to establish native plant communities.
- The inclusion of a green roof created
energy savings for the residence and significantly
shelters the heating required by the home.
- All drainage has been captured from
roofs and terraces and retained in dry wells on site,
resulting in no net increase in run-off.
- Sustainable site development guidelines
have been followed that were established by the local
county and include enhancement of wildlife habitats
with the planting of certain plant species.
The residence is located at an elevation of 9,000
feet on a sloping site of mixed conifers and aspen.
Views are expansive to the west and north; other aspects
are hidden in the hillside. The residence and garden
are contained by retaining walls to avoid disturbance
on an ecologically fragile site. A climate study was
completed to design strategies to shelter outdoor
spaces from the wind and capture sunlight. Access
to sun and climate led to flexible terraces allowing
furniture to be adjusted depending on the time of