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ASLA-NCC

American Society of Landscape Architects
Northern California Chapter

Awards

2015 Awards

Design: Residential Single Family Home

Merit Award

Woodland Modern Home
Hillsborough, CA
Scott Lewis Landscape Architecture
Lead Landscape Architect: Scott Lewis
Landscape Architects: Ryan Steer, Jennifer Luks Perarnaud

A secluded garden offers privacy at the property’s north side.
The woodland’s winding gravel paths center on a circular fire pit.
The formerly overgrown woodland was thinned to allow light and activity.
The restrained design of the spa terrace complements the exercise pavilion.
The original elliptical pool was renovated to emulate a reflecting pool.
Continuous limestone paving establishes a strong inside-outside aesthetic.
The expansive entry plinth leads to the wide pivoting front door.
The site design integrates the glass-walled home with lawn and woodlands.
Site plan.

The renovation of a 1948 ranch home strikes an ideal balance between architecture and landscape. In this project, a cluttered property is simplified and unified, allowing soaring trees to dominate the site and complement the new minimalist structures. Harmonious proportions and simple elements combine for an elegant solution. The design connects paths, terraces, pool and lawn to the mature tree groves, creating an integrated surround to the contemporary residence. The landscape architect sited a new pavilion, renovated the original elliptical pool, re-used historic trees, reduced impervious surfaces and incorporated on-site storm water infiltration. The restrained materials palette includes warm grey limestone paving, which extends from the main rooms to outdoor terraces, merging the interior and exterior environments. The home’s glass walls now frame textured green vistas, and the horizontality of the architecture counterpoints the towering redwoods, cedars and Valley Oaks.