Residential Estate Design
Two courtyards interlink the residence allowing each room to enjoy the visual landscape. The garden is built as a functioning green roof over a portion of the residence, leaving the steeply sloping site undisturbed. Water is the unifying element in the landscape design. Atmospheric mist, single rivulets, cascades, and still pools portray water in its various states and forms.
A walled entry garden in a pinwheel arrangement of granite slabs on the horizontal plane is contrasted by naturalized groups of quaking aspens acting as vertical punctuation. The garden surrounds a central stone misting fountain influencing the enclosed space. The second garden, in comparison, is an expansive, promontory entertainment space. The design program anticipated large gatherings of the owners’ friends.
A separate, geometric pool of shallow water is located in the center of the courtyard. From the promontory above, this plane provides a mirror to the dramatic ever changing sky. The promontory garden is elevated above the surrounding landscape to celebrate the dramatic views at the very edge of the skyline. Woody Creek Garden received a 2007 ASLA Honor Award, the highest honor bestowed on a residential project.
Woody Creek Garden
Pitkin County, Colorado
Rivulet of Water at Entrance Courtyard
Promontory Terrace with Views to Mount Sopris in Background
Sky Mirror; Reflected Light and Pattern into the Courtyard
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