Modern Urban Landscape
Making room: a small urban property gets a big boost by going upward
A multi-story modern property in an active urban setting presented a challenge due to the limited outdoor space and close proximity to neighbors.
Repetition of horizontal lines tricks the eye and makes the space seeming larger.
Incorporating wood and concrete seating in front turns a small side yard in front into an additional destination where the family can now enjoy this space and interact with the neighbors.
A sliding gate that opens in both directions, eliminates the footprint of a swing gate and permits street access as well as direct access to an enclosed run for the homeowner’s small dog.
Originally, the main entry was fully exposed and in an area with significant foot traffic, the clients were looking for a more screening to be able to shelter the view from the street and feel safe to have packages delivered. The design solution was to extend the porch and introduce a raised planter with evergreen shrubs and over time the plants selected will invite seclusion.
Thinking vertical. The vertical garden turns a large, blank wall into a lush, striking focal point. Taking advantage of planting on the wall means you can reserve the floor, while still having the benefit of a living garden.The plants were carefully considered throughout. As they fill in over time, the columnar grassess and vertical conifers in front and contained bamboo creates the lush backdrop and provide privacy from the neighbors. Plants that will grow tall rather than spread were selected to encourage privacy yet not encroach on precious space.
To make the cozy space in back seem roomier, built-in bench seating invites relaxing around the fire and accommodates more seating than freestanding furniture alone.