2015 Awards

Design: Residential, Single Family Home

Honor Award

Hilgard Garden
Berkeley, CA
Mary Barensfeld Architecture
Landscape Architect: Mary Barensfeld

View from the house.
Upper terrace with views of San Francisco Bay.
Granite patio, an extension of the living room.
LED backlit corten panels at dusk.
Acer palmatum 'aureum' at ipe deck level.
Patio level.
Looking east across the reflecting pool.
View north.

Hilgard Garden aims to provide the owners with an extended outdoor living space; a garden room. Due to the steeply sloping site, accessibility to an upper seating area requires navigating a considerable elevation change. To avoid taking up a large swathe of the smaller backyard square footage with a conventional stair, a ramping meandering path through aromatic groundcover and the outstretched limbs of sculptural Japanese maples was selected as a more
experiential garden path. A lower patio area located at the base of the site provides a seamless extension of the residence’s living room.