Lawrence Beach House
North Topsail Beach, NC
Residential Altamira Ranch -Palos Verdes, California
PROJECT STATEMENT: The strong collaborative relationship between client, architect, and landscape designer resulted in a design that honors the sense of place and unique characteristics of the surrounding environment. Through careful siting and the use of local material, including indigenous stone and native California plants, the design of Altamira Ranch engages the surroundings and creates a natural home for generations to come.
DESIGN - Using site features and convergence lines, the designers created a datum line to
establish the location of the architectural and site walls. Carefully located plant massings run along these lines to frame views of Inspiration Point and Catalina Island and to create distinct destinations within the landscape. Based on this datum line as, curving pathways of decomposed granite gravel connect the house with the vegetable garden, olive orchard, camping platform, beach volleyball area, and various lookout points. Before construction, the client and landscape designer walked the pathways, making adjustments along the way to ensure that all had good views and comfortably traversed the terrain.
ENVIRONMENT - The planting design in particular connects the built environment not only to the surrounding lands, but to the ocean as well. With similar visual rhythms and a subtle blue-green color palette, the drifting masses of native shrubs evoke the ocean waves surrounding the site. Like waves lapping the shoreline, the plants become shorter and are interrupted by large areas of sand as they approach the house.
Residential Case Study
D E S I G N C O N C E P T: PROGRESSION THROUGH FOCAL POINTS EBB: The movement of the tide out to sea FLOW: Moving along or out steadily and continuously in a current or stream -move toward the land; rise -hang loosely in an easy and graceful manner - circulate continuously within a particular
G O A L S & O B J E C T I V E S: 1. Utilize surface areas by providing vertical gardens through height 2. Reiterate natural elements between house + beach by using local plants and native species with sustainable, reusable materials 3. Create a sensory experience by using plants with particular textures, colors, and patterns to create unity between the site and its surroundings. 4. Build outdoor rooms on multiple levels by extending the house from deck to natural plantings. Create a blend between the built and the natural. Use buffers to create privacy.
Design Process and Concept Plans 4.75
D E S I G N C O N C E P T 1: Mapping out the
paths of circulation - both pedestrian and vehicularcertain spaces were created that provided potential design possibilities. The plantings were chosen by taking into consideration the effects of the ocean breeze on plant types and the sun conditions in between the two houses. There is a focal point on the right side of the house with descending plant heights until the pedestrian beach access walkway. Because of the focal point on the right, the eye is drawn from right to left across the house creating a frame. The plant types were chosen based off of the house as a frame. Structure and rigid edges were used to emphasize the built environment with a theme of formality in this design. Small stones next to the pedestrian access 4.75 reinforce structure even on the walk to the beach.
D E S I G N C O N C E P T 2: Taking into account
site analysis and the required conditions necessary for seacoast exposed plants, certain areas on the property determined what types of plants would be planted where. The focal point is directly in the center of the house with a medium sized specimen tree. The eye then fades from the center to either the left or right and is continued in height descent around the corners of the house to the longitudinal sides. The textures of the plants are soft and there are multiple shades of green with bright accents of purple. This provides interest in different focal areas. The emphasis is on the natural environment in this design, reinforcing the movement of the ocean and softness of the ocean breeze. The theme is informal and the lines are softer due to the different textures of each plant in relation to the other.
D E S I G N C O N C E P T 3: The third design
takes into account the progression of nature to the intervention of man. The flow is more closely related to the use of space and having a low maintenance, yet multipurpose yard. The organic path in the front yard fades and flows into a more rigid and tamed back area, on both the right and left. On the right a Horseshoe pit has been incorporated with a very linear shrub border for property delineation and privacy. The plantings are very low maintenance and would provide a soft texture and movement from the shoots of grasses. The circulation between both sides of the house is important to emphasis the transition and crossover between nature and man. Creating destination spaces along the house allows for the plantings to create more of a journey, with a progression in size and textures along the way.
Design Process and Concept Plans
Final Design One
Planting Schedule: Design Concept One MONROVIA Item # Plant ID 1182 SS 1373 YF 4978 AM 3172 CB 3535 CJ 7723 YFG 2523 AS 3028 SS 345 AE 502 AF 9830 DC
AMOUNT PLANT NAME Botanical Name Common Name Total Cost Sedum spurium 'John Creech' John Creech Stonecrop 144 sq ft 3.25 Yucca ﬁlamentosa Adams Needle 6 5.25 Azara microphylla 'Variegata' Variegated Box-Leaf Azara 3 9.25 Cordyline 'Baueri' Bauer's Dracaena Palm 3 13.25 Cryptomeria japonica 'Black Dragon' Black Dragon Japanese Cedar 1 32.25 Yucca ﬁlamentosa 'Golden Sword' Golden Sword Yucca 3 5.75 Agave schidigera 'Durango Delight' Durango Delight™ Agave 17 4.75 Sedum spurium 'Dragon's Blood' Dragon's Blood Stonecrop 360 sq. ft. 3.25 Aspidistra elatior Cast Iron Plant 5 4.25 Athyrium ﬁlix-femina Lady Fern 6 4.5 Dianella caerulea 'DBB03' P.P.# 17998 Cassa Blue™ Flax Lily 38 2.25
Structure and Lines: The rigidness to the plant edges
emphasize the built environment since the eye is drawn all the way across the house from the evergreen focal point on the right side. This planting pattern is fairly constant with evergreens and low maintenance plantings.
Final Design One
B SECTION B
Final Design Two
Planting Schedule: Design Concept Two MONROVIA Item # Plant ID 3145 CxM 1273 TJ 5893 HA 1399 CB 2253 CA 6176 MS 9889 LL 5729 LN 4978 AM
PLANT NAME Botanical Name Common Name Cytisus x 'Minstead' (Dallimorei hybrid) Minstead Scotch Broom Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Madison' Madison Jasmine Hedera algeriensis 'Gloire de Marengo' Variegated Algerain Ivy Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion' Profusion Beautyberry Carex albula Frosty Curls Sedge Miscanthus sinensis 'Purpurascens' Purple Silver Grass Lomandra longifolia 'LM300' P.P.# 15420 Breezeâ„˘ Dwarf Mat Rush Laurus nobilis Sweet Bay Azara microphylla 'Variegata' Variegated Box-Leaf Azara
AMOUNT Total Cost 3 10.25 264 sq. ft. 4.75 95 sq. ft. 3.25 9 9.75 21 3.5 22 3.5 3 8.25 1 62 1 9.25
Movement and Texture: The plant selection for this design
varies from the first in that the texture of the plants are a lot finer and lighter. Ocean breeze will make this garden come to life, with movement and dance. The bright pops of purple are contrasted with some of the darker greens and this landscape is more temporal, incorporating deciduous and evergreens.
Final Design Two
W A T E R U R N: This particular water feature was incorporated into design two. The idea was to create another sensory experience -soundalong the walk to the beach. One is placed on each side of the Level 1 door to mark a journey, leaving the house and first seeing water as a precursor to the ocean, then returning from the beach and seeing it again. This marks that the ocean will always be there and is tied into the design of the landscape.
S M O O T H P E B B L E S: In design idea one, these pebbles are incorporated in between the plantings on the longitudinal left side of the house, running parallel to the pedestrian walkway. T`hey reinforce the hardness of the plant lines and compliment the plant colors-light greens, dark greens, blue silver green. These pebbles act as a practical groundcover because in between the two houses there is hardly any sunlight and the ocean breeze is strounger. Pebbles will withstand any conditions and are used in a way to help the design idea.
S I T E F U R N I S H I N G S: The use of deck furniture that simulates interior furnitures allows the outdoors to feel more like an outdoor room rather than deck space. The Cheasapeake and Faraday collection are from Pottery Barn and would be excellent to create a homey, comfortable and natural feel. Potted plants or this idea of tiered plantings would have to be strategically placed due to the overhead on deck levels 1 and 2. Plants would be a nice addition to create buffers on the deck edges and privacy where needed.
Deck Design and Site Furnishings
L A N D S C A P E A R C H I T E C T U R E. V I R G I N I A P O L Y T E C H N I C I N S T I T U T E. C L A S S O F 2014. SARA SANCHEZ
Published on Feb 19, 2014
Published on Feb 19, 2014
Residential design package developed for a beach house located on Topsail Island, NC. This package was created Fall Semester Third Year, stu...