Guided by a mid-Century modern aesthetic, house and landscape blend through the use of a refined palette of concrete, steel, wood, and water. The terraced courtyard unfolds into the surrounding oak forest capturing the adjacent grove as an iconic borrowed landscape for this urban retreat. Through the innovative and thoughtful use of materials, a clear distinction between manicured and wild is drawn. The forest provides a dramatic backdrop for this contemporary insertion.
The site is organized into a series of spaces scaled to compliment the unique setting and architecture. The upper and lower pool terraces are composed of similar materials. Wood, pre-cast pavers, concrete and steel relate to the existing architecture and provide a sense of cohesion to the site. Topographic change is accommodated through a series of board-formed concrete walls and ironwood stairs. Nestled into the Mississippi River bluff, a private entertaining space is enveloped by an anchoring Cor-Ten steel wall and textural vegetation that includes barberry, juniper, birch and flowering crab-apple trees.
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Select Awards: 2009 National ASLA Honor Award, 2009 ASLA Award (Minnesota Chapter)
Photography: Paul Crosby
COEN + PARTNERS WINS THE 2015 SMITHSONIAN COOPER-HEWITT NATIONAL DESIGN AWARD
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