With lake views and heritage trees this project completed in collaboration with Matt Garcia Design provided ample opportunities and constraints. The front yard is softened by drought tolerant sedges and edge plantings that require minimal water and maintenance. The back yard includes a postage size lawn and hardy Texas natives to enjoy the private views. A perimeter fence and tree lighting tie the entire site together.
The existing back yard of this Travis Heights dwelling is approximately 1,000 SF and home to a lovely heritage oak. Due to the extremely sloped lot and tree protection the clients were unable to create a large outdoor seating area. Their front yard also sloped significantly and required lots of water and maintenance. The solution was to create a seating area in the front yard through a series of terraces. The thirsty lawn was replaced with a drought tolerant ground cover and synthetic lawn. Lighting, drip irrigation and a fence tie the project together.
Architect: Matt Garcia Design
Photography by: Casey Dunn
A new modern addition was added to this charming bungalow in central Austin. The landscape became the linking agent by bringing modern material elements to the existing front yard and lush plantings to the back. A new deck space bridges the old and new section of the home and a stone patio allows for entertaining in the back yard. A custom fence provides additional visual interest during the day and at night.
Architect: Michael Hsu Office of Architecture
The previous life of this 800 sf enclosed courtyard served as a sport court and active play area. The new owners were eager to re-envision the area just off the master suite with a program that was both tranquil and usable for the family. The new courtyard includes raised planting beds, an outdoor fire place and an entirely edible planting palette for family foraging.
A pollination of landscape and architecture to be viewed at 35mph
This garden was previously unusable, drainage problems and the lack of defined space setup up the initial design challenges. New defined planting areas, seating areas and screening allow the owners multiple ways to enjoy their garden.
Hotel El Pedregal
El Pedregal, Mexico
El Pedregal is the creation of a series of lava flows dating back 2,000 years. The variety of forms, waves, tubes and cracks in the black stone entranced Luis Barragan as he hiked the badlands in the early 1940's. Captured by both the violent and serene mood of the landscape and the pockets of jeweled gardens that appeared, he designed a house and garden to celebrate the landscape. This proposal done in collaboration with architect Brittany Cooper, was submitted to the current owner of the house as a way to restore and celebrate the work of Luis Barragan. The proposal re-introduces a series of jeweled gardens in the program of a boutique hotel. Three new gardens: Jacaranda Grove, Lava Garden and Earth Garden coincide with the plant species Barragan would have encountered during his hikes.