We developed a new design to unify boldly contrasting contemporary additions to a meticulously restored Colonial Revival house on a steep hillside in Brookline, Massachusetts. Rather than attempting to minimize the obvious differences in the architecture and terrain, the landscape design exploits the drama inherent in these contrasts. On a relatively small, half-acre site, we juxtaposed flat planes with steep slopes, smooth and refined surfaces with rough-and-tumble walls. Paving and simple massed plantings define a series of outdoor terraces that relate to both the existing house and its contemporary addition. Bold yet functional, the landscape design takes advantage of the 30-foot elevation change in the rear yard, creating a series of dynamic spaces and surprising vantage points.
2009 BSLA Merit Award
Collaborators: Joseph Kennard Architects