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.
Photographs: Matthew Williams
Landscape Design: Julie Farris, XS Space
General Contractor: TCM
Landscape Contractor: Future Green Studio
Interior Furnishings: Deborah Berke Partners