year / 2015-2016
location / risch, switzerland
lead designer / enea landscape architecture
project responsibilities / lead designer, site analysis, site visit, coordination with clients and construction manager, production of all concept, construction and permit drawings
project description /
The goal of this project was to transform an existing 1200 m2 garden void of vegetation into a lush one, which would envelop and enhance the existing, modern house. Designed for a young family of 5, this residential garden provides a variety of spaces for enjoyment, relaxation and play. Bamboo frames spaces and views, lending dynamism from movement and sound while creating the necessary privacy from neighboring properties and the public sidewalk. Alongside the bamboo, a calm plant palette of white hydrangea, yews, grasses and shade-loving plants creates harmony throughout the property. Existing Japanese maple trees were trimmed and relocated to new, more appropriate locations. A dining terrace with a custom outdoor kitchen includes a lounge area surrounded by hydrangeas, a spacious dining table for large family dinners and a new pine tree to provide shade and to grow up with the children. Having enough space for circulation was very important to the client in order to allow the children to run freely.
In phase 2, the pool deck will be relocated to the opposite side of the existing pool to become a floating wood deck with a large pine tree emerging from beneath, providing shade for the new deck and the house during the hot summer months. This relocation of the pool deck increases the size of the primary lawn, creates more room for play and adds additional storage beneath. In the backyard, lush grasses are planted on an existing slope, and a proposed kitchen garden gives the family space to grow their own vegetables.
* drawings/graphics by me while working at enea, unless otherwise indicated.