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June 25 2015

This subtle and restrained planting design proves that a little is enough to make an inviting and charming display. Texture and movement grace the large, open setting that takes advantage of an impressive vantage point on 11th Avenue overlooking the Hudson, also possessing unobstructed sitelines toward the financial district.  Subtle hints of color from stonecrop and joe-pye weed, add variation to the backdrop of grass varieties which offer a soothing sound with the flutter of their blades that sway with the slightest breeze. The sky-high setting embraces a balance of nature with modern forms and finishes, with carefully placed accent lamps offering a candle-lit like glow and a transformational ambiance from day through dusk.

Photography by Donna Dotan

May 6 2015

The latest issue of Architectural Digest gives a nod to this Bridgehampton estate, and opens a dialogue between architecture, interior design, and landscape. With the collaboration of Deborah Berke Partners, Thomas O’Brien of Aero Studios, and Alec Gunn, Founding Principal of Gunn Landscape Architecture, the project’s design wraps scenic settings inside and out with the siting of several buildings - driven with both purpose and beauty over the course of a seven-year development process. Perennial gardens, meadows, and settings of tall grassy plumes and foliage-dense shrubs coalesce with open expanses of fescue lawn and meandering pathways. The main residence, a new construction, received LEED Gold certification in 2013. The surrounding, drought-tolerant plant varieties and an adjacent meadow satisfy LEED requirements, reducing irrigation needs, and furthering the possibilities of implementing an environmentally-conscious landscape on an estate property in the Hamptons.

The “masters of low-key elegance” and their design process across seven acres in Bridgehampton will be fully unveiled in the June issue to land at newsstands and mailboxes nationally mid-May. An article preview is available at architecturaldigest.com.

April 20 2015

Gunn Landscape Architecture was recently named to the finalist list of Connecticut Cottages and Gardens (CTC&G) Magazine’s 2015 CTC&G Innovation in Design Awards. Gunn’s submission of the New Canaan, CT residence introduces a landscape design that works in parallel with the site’s new build that still echos the mid-century volumes and forms of the former building. The insertion of several planting palettes were to soften the modern, straight-lined geometry and diversify gardens throughout the site. Winners will be announced at the gala to take place on May 19th, at the Greenwich Country Club in Greenwich, CT.


The CTC&G Innovation in Design Awards (IDAs) is the premier design competition that honors outstanding designs in Connecticut within the categories of Architecture, Interior Design, Kitchen, Bath, Landscape Design, and Product Design.

March 10 2015

The clients of this Upper West Side terrace had a desire to optimize the long, narrow space for a more comfortable outdoor living area.  In addition, bring a low-maintenance garden design that introduced new color with each season and a good dose of greenery. Cercis canadensis (crape myrtles) placed in tandem with the building’s columnar grid and set within square, zinc planters, are prized for their fragrant flowers – in full bloom late spring through summer. Endless summer hydrangeas follow, delivering blossoms early summer and onward through the fall.  A paving palette of stone and hardwood denote separate living areas. The cozy enclave is enhanced with a perimeter of plantings and textural design elements: boxwoods soften custom wood planters, grasses and perennials fill pots from Atelier Vierkant and Anamese, and English Ivy adorns the trellises.

March 5 2015

This residence in Westchester was looking to upgrade its curb appeal on the waterfront. The result would modernize the setting with a relaxed sophistication and impart more functionality for group dining and entertaining. With a new deck installation and an arbor that spatially extends the living space from the interior, the new design responds to the geometry of the home, set with a paving surface that gradually merges the addition with the existing pool and lawn.

February 19 2015

Gunn Landscape Architecture wins a Gold Award at this year’s Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) International Landscape Design Awards. The prestigious award, recognizing projects with a predetermined set of rigorous criteria, gives distinction to the Tribeca Roof Terrace and Garden, within the category of specialty projects. Project Manager/Landscape Designer Aaron Andrew McIntire will accept the award at the gala to take place in October during APLD’s International Design Conference in Washington, D.C. The sister company, Vert Gardens, will also receive recognition for the installation.


January 3 2015

The construction of the a new hotel development in Williamsburg is underway, and recent renderings give a glimpse of the new streetscape to grace the neighborhood. The Gunn designed plaza and elevated gardens will greet hotel guests and the community with inviting public space and much needed greenery.