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Modern Brooklyn Garden

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Modern Brooklyn Garden


julie farris

landscape designer

xs space
370 clinton street
brooklyn, new york 11231





Julie Farris lives and works in New York City. A native New Yorker, Julie received her BA from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York and her MLA from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Julie’s work focuses on the potential for small forgotten spaces throughout the city to become verdant, sustainable, inexpensive and aesthetic landscapes for urban residents. She has worked at several large firms in New York City, including M. Paul Friedberg and Partners as well as HLW International and Balmori Associates. In 2005, she founded a studio, XS Space LLC, and completed a temporary landscape/multi-media installation entitled Temporary Landscape: A Pasture for Urban Space in the Columbia Waterfront District in Brooklyn. In 2007 she worked in collaboration with Balmori Associates and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to complete an 8,000 square foot public space, Urban Meadow, which is now a permanent park located in Red Hook, Brooklyn. In 2009 she collaborated with an artist and The Public Art Fund to build a temporary landscape installation in Tribeca in Manhattan.  Her work has focused on international projects in Rwanda and Nepal as well as residential landscapes in Long Island and townhouses in New York City.

Her work has appeared in numerous publications and books, including Architectural Digest, Landscape Architecture Magazine, The Architect’s Newspaper, Ladies’ Home Journal , The New York Post and The New York Times.  She is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and is a co-founder of The Big Future Group, a not- for- profit organization that designs and implements sustainable projects in developing countries. She has also recently started a highly curated online sourcebook for outdoor design called Landstylist, and you can link to the site at  Julie resides in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.


Modern Brooklyn Garden

This modern garden in Carroll Gardens Brooklyn was conceived in conjunction with the renovation of the architecture, and is meant to serve as an extension of the house for a family of four.  The garden consists of a series of planes of different materials–wood, porcelain tile, and lawn–that appear to ‘float’ in a bed of gravel, creating an abstract composition that is sculptural and serene. A gentle slope was needed in order to accomodate an existing large evergreen Spruce Tree, so a series of steps was incorporated as the spine that serves to anchor the design. Contrast is struck between the softscape of lawn and looser native plantings with the architectural definition of edge that together lend an overall sense of balance and structure within this minimal composition.

Completed: 2021
Photographs: Matthew Williams
Architecture: Khanna-Schultz
Landscape Design: Julie Farris, XS Space
General Contractor: TCM
Landscape Contractor: Future Green Studio
Interior Furnishings: Deborah Berke Partners