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Modern Woodland Landscape: Blending Nature and Architecture

The project focuses on the transformation of a woodland site into a harmonious blend of restored native prairie and manicured lawns surrounding a contemporary family home. The design carefully marries the natural beauty of the woodland with modern aesthetics, with a focus on preserving the site’s ecological integrity.

Design Elements:

1. Restored Native Prairie and Manicured Lawns: The project involves restoring sections of the property to their native prairie state while maintaining impeccably manicured lawns in designated areas. This juxtaposition between the wild and the refined creates a dynamic landscape.

2. Modern Interpretation of a ‘Cattle Guard’: A key design feature is the incorporation of a modern interpretation of a ‘cattle guard.’ Bands of stone are strategically placed, serving both as functional hardscape elements and as a visual connection to the property’s heritage, paying homage to its history.

3. Complex Drainage Solution: The landscape design includes an intricate drainage system that efficiently directs water from the backyard to a wetland area at the property’s edge. This system not only manages runoff but also nurtures the surrounding ecosystem.

4. Preservation of Old Growth Oak Trees: The project places a strong emphasis on the conservation of old growth oak trees within the woodland. These majestic trees are selectively saved and integrated into the overall design, becoming focal points within the landscape.

5. Modern Framework: The landscape architecture is underpinned by a contemporary framework that complements the family home’s architectural style. This framework serves as the backbone for the landscape’s organization, from pathways to seating areas and garden spaces.

6. Family Home Integration: The design is intricately woven into the daily lives of the family living in the residence. Outdoor spaces are tailored to their needs, providing areas for relaxation, play, and entertainment while maintaining a strong connection with the surrounding natural environment.

7. Fine Architectural Details: The landscape incorporates fine details that echo the architecture of the house, creating a seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor spaces. These details enhance the overall aesthetic and functional cohesion of the property.

Client: Private
Role: Design/Build
Collaborators: Studio De Le:U