2004 Design Merit Award, American Society of Landscape Architects.
The Garden on Turtle Creek is a model for the union of modern landscape desic-aesthetics and environmental sensitivity. Weaving new landscape elements into the site's natural systems and intense native vegetation, the garden mediate-: two strong contextual forces: the sophisticated glass, limestone, and concre'r house, designed by Antoine Predock from 1987-1993, and the unpredictable sre condition of a steep, richly vegetated slope that descends into Turtle Creek.
The client desired a walking garden that was simultaneously contemplative and modern, and that included a birdbath to satisfy a passion for birdwatchin: Composed of a sequence of brief but intense episodes, the landscape fosters intimate exploration of the site's varied conditions and creates significant ne.-views within the site and beyond, all while respecting and responding to :r t existing topography and vegetation.
The perilous slope of the one-acre site is composed of heavy clay soils and create : unstable conditions and a hillside prone to severe runoff. At the bottom of the slope, Turtle Creek defines the site's eastern boundary and is annually swol e by floods-its one hundred-year flood line reaches within feet of the house. ecologically responsive design addresses these challenges with refined forms and techniques; interventions are durable yet function sympathetically with tre site's rain, runoff, and flood events.
^rrz a diagram showing garden levels.
Haptic Sequencing/Walking Surfaces
1. Exposed Aggregate Stairs
2. Stainless Steel Checkerplate Sairs
3. Stainless Steel Checkerplate Pavers
4. Mexican Pea Gravel Terrace
6. Existing Concrete Steps
7. New Concrete Steps
8 Concrete Flood Logs
Stainless Steel Checkerplate Stairs lood Logs
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25 Year Flood Line
Annual Flood Li
Gravel path leading to the pond.
/ Raised concrete planks along creek edge.
v: patn.vay from house.
•• rough tree canopy. :-\\t>en diamond plate ccncrftt forms plate steel stair . -ative plantings.
location pallas, Texas completion May 199S photography
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