2017 Awards

Design: Residential, Single Family Home

Merit Award

On the Edge of the Continent
Shades of Green Landscape Architects
Landscape Architect: Ive Haugeland

Drifts of grasses and perennials weave the design into natural landscape.
The stairs, constructed of Cor-Ten or concrete, provide character to the terraces.
A grassy area accompanies the bocce court; a space for socializing or relaxation.
A stairway connects the terraces, stepping graciously through colorful grasses and flowers.
A custom firepit extends terrace use and becomes a destination from uphill.
The infinity pool and plantings blend earth with sky and design with nature.
The infinity pool makes the garden feel balanced on the edge of the continent.
cor-Ten planters and steps give a contemporary aesthetic to a traditional pursuit.
The dynamic beauty of the landscape inspired and now complements the garden.

On a windswept grassy ridge high above the Pacific Ocean sits a residence with awe inspiring views of the hills and the sea. Although breathtaking, the site posed the challenge of designing usable spaces and effective circulation on a steep hillside, while still maintaining its natural character. An infinity pool and a pool house were sited below the main residence with breathtaking views of the ocean. The concrete pool deck is broken up with thin planted strips and a fire pit. A stairway meanders from the main residence to the pool area, stepping graciously down the slope between drifts of waving grasses and coastal perennials. At intervals the stairway is broken up by generous landings, a bocce court, vegetable planters, and a native lawn, providing spaces for moments to take in the view. In addition to the built elements, we composed a drought tolerant plant palette. The plantings, which feature waving grasses, coastal perennials and interesting succulents, visually connect the terraces and weaves the design into the natural landscape.