Andrea Cochran: Landscapes Mary Myers Foreword by Henry Urbach
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f o rew o rd Henry Urbach
I ntentio nal Landscapes : the designs o f A ndrea Co chran Mary Myers
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Hayes Valley Roof Garden
Portland Art Museum
Stone Edge Vineyard
Appendix A: Plant Index
Appendix B: Materials Index
Staff Members, 1998â€“2008
Walden Studi o s
Location: Alexander Valley, California Site area: 6 acres Completion date: 2007
Cochran finds raw beauty in agricultural landscapes where the purposeful arrangement of a few simple materials conveys a sense of order. Soil, grapevines, and trees are the essential elements of the Alexander Valley, where Walden Studios is sited. Stone terraces lift the garden above the floodplain. Conceived as plinths and carved as bas-relief-like planes, the terraces appear to pivot around the fulcrum of the existing building, formerly a prune packinghouse. The property was purchased with the intention of creating a studio for artists in residence to develop and display their work. The terraces include an outdoor dining area, reception space for art openings, and a bocce ball court. The experience of pure geometric space is heightened by a reductionist palette: stone, steel, gravel, lawn, and trees. Shrubs and other middle-height plants are eschewed. Instead, plinths floating bargelike above the vineyard emphasize the ground plane, while stonewalls contain carpets of lawn or gravel. Views are generally open and responsive to the external valleyfoothill vista. Carefully placed rubble at the base of the walls appears animated, like breaking
waves. The horizontality of the composition is balanced by the strategic placement of trees. Great
gnarled olives, positioned at the corners, anchor the rectangular spaces. Their organic contorted
forms contrast with the terraces’ geometry and the regularity of distant vineyards. A bosque of
pear trees hearkens to the days when the valley was replete with orchards. Their autumn color and
Morus alba ‘Fruitless’
spring blossoms bring a sense of ephemerality and change to an otherwise timeless landscape.
Muhlenbergia lindheimeri Olea europaea ‘Sevillano’ Parthenocissus tricuspidata Platanus x acerifolia ‘Bloodgood’ Pyrus calleryana ‘Aristocrat’ Pyrus fauriei ‘Korean Sun’ Stipa gigantea
The landscape and architecture represent a permeable relationship.
Precisely fitted stone walls create a datum around the project.
Specimen olives anchor the planar landscape.
A bocce ball court is elevated above the vineyards.
Courtyard with gravel rings for wheelchair access
A reflecting pool creates a seamless plane.
Plan of Walden Studios N
A Cor-ten ramp is lit from below by narrow slits with hidden LED lights.
Br oo kvale Residence
Location: Hillsborough, California Site area: ¾ acre Completion date: 2003
In the Brookvale Residence, a series of thoughtfully considered gestures orchestrate movement through the landscape. The visitor’s journey begins with a sense of disorientation, as the predictable suburban environs are left behind with the click of the garden door. You meander up an entry path, through blocks of densely planted horsetail. Tall reedy stems surround you, obscuring views of
the arrival courtyard and front door. Cochran’s intent was to create a mazelike experience, where
you must find, almost feel, your way to the destination, focusing closely on the smooth white
Anemone x hybrida
pavement underfoot and brushing against the dark upright plants. Unaware of being led by the
path, you arrive at a small courtyard planted with Japanese maples, the heart of the interior, to
find water bubbling up through a cube of cool limestone. The courtyard’s height and depth are
roughly equal, resulting in a calmly reassuring space, like the rooms of a Palladian villa.
Euphorbia amygdaloides ‘Mrs. Robb’s bonnet’
The datum of the house is set by the elevation of the courtyard and extends outward,
Ginkgo biloba ‘Fairmont’
encompassing the large pool terrace, which floats approximately twenty inches above grade. By
holding the exterior terrace at this consistent elevation, the viewer is positioned high enough to
see into the distance, eclipsing views of the middle ground and capturing views of the neighboring
The design eliminates the need for steps between the front entry, courtyard, and pool
Magnolia x soulangeana
terrace. A gently sloping path and the repetition of limestone pavement inside and outside of the
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’
house result in a seamless integration of interior and exterior. The easy flow allows attention to
focus on the sensory and compositional aspects of the garden. The journey prompts an unusual
Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’
sequence of feelings: disorientation, calm, and finally, meditative absorption in the distant
Phormium tenax ‘Atropurpureum’
prospect seen from the terrace.
Phyllostachys nigra Pleioblastus pygmaea Quercus agrifolia Zelkova Serrata
Opposite: The pool terrace was designed to preserve the existing oak tree.