Smith Residence

Brooklyn, New York

The design parti for this garden was a pair of nested forms. Directly adjacent to the house, a central paved area made of hand-ground exterior terrazzo is used as a flexible space for dining and playing. Framing this space is a large, grassy mound. The mound is planted with soft, undulating evergreen shrubs that form paths for exploration. Locally sourced glacial boulders were placed as sculptural elements that children can climb and sit upon. The garden is surrounded by a stained cedar fence, designed to blend with the material palette of the building’s rear facade.  Against the dark backdrop of the fence, flowering shrubs, perennials and seasonal bulbs create for a flurry of colors and textures throughout the year.

CLIENT: The Smith Family