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ASLA-NCC

American Society of Landscape Architects
Northern California Chapter

Awards

2015 Awards

Design: Residential, Single Family Home

Honor Award

Lafayette Residence
Lafayette, CA
Thuilot Associates
Lead Designer: Stefan Thuilot
Associate: Kimberly Yeo
Client: Tom and Terri Bishop

Z’-shaped gesture contains cast-in-place concrete and water features in the garden.
At night, the fire-pit flows from the central terrace.
The inverted waterfall mirrors the neighboring tree canopies, producing soft sounds.
An ipe bench aligns with the ‘L’ shaped walkway.
Layering of evergreen ground covers, shrubs, steel walls and fencing.
Riparian cascading grasses surround a deep swale that crosses the garden.
Basalt stone and steel form this custom fire-pit.
Bridging the swale, steps lead to an overlook.
Lush planting surrounds the lowered central terrace.
Site plan.

A home nestled in an oak woodland with a natural creek running through the property, the garden design provides a seamless integration of house and landscape.

The resulting layout is organized by a ‘Z’ shaped gesture, embedded within a ‘V’ shaped lowered main terrace that opens the vista toward the hillside. This terrace is surrounded by lush yet drought-resistant planting, while the hillside, formerly covered with invasive plant species, is now replanted with a native plant palette.

The inviting result is a garden full of intimate details. A bridge of non- invasive construction floats up to an overlook. Two water features mark the borders of the ‘Z’ form and expand the space visually and acoustically. The fireplace becomes a ceremonial element that further enhances serenity and becomes a central sculptural feature. The innovative approach to a generic model home transformed a challenging property into a stunning personalized outdoor space.