Jackson ResidenceHonor Award - Residential
We sought to create a minimalistic and organized landscape with a modern feel for this 1930’s historic bungalow in downtown Phoenix. Utilizing rustic materials and raw metals, we created a space that was low maintenance and preserved the historic feel of the neighborhood, yet honored the owners’ modern desire. In the front yard, we retained the established Pine tree and added unique and minimalist landscape; using mass planting, in custom square steel planters. Mass plantings of Agave americana and Pedilanthus macrocarpa were used to play off the blue/green paint color of the house. Euphorbia rigida was chosen in mass planting to provide a beautiful chartreuse blossom and an architectural look for the garden. We designed a terraced slate path and steps to take advantage of the grade differential between the home and the street. We added wire welded mesh steel railings on the patio which are functional as well as add a unique architectural aspect to the design. The urban industrial design of the backyard is anchored by a specimen Olneya tesota. Surrounding the Olneya we used bold, clean lines to create a flexible space for entertaining. We added a barbeque and bar made from rebar gabion filled with angular cobble as the base and a poured concrete counter. This gabion effect was used on the fire pit with acid washed, board formed concrete seat walls. A sculptural water feature and hammered chrome spire were created by the owner’s artist brother and were incorporated in the backyard design. Using wire welded steel fabric and woven stainless strips, we constructed fencing around the AC unit and a Z trellis gate with hidden door panel. We integrated woven brick pavers and added recessed lighting in board formed concrete walls. Citrus aurantium were planted along the property perimeter for privacy.