October 15 2015

Construction continues for the William Vale Hotel. Expected to open in 2016, the project located at 55 Wythe in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, includes a series of outdoor venues designed by the Gunn team. This rendering gives a glimpse of a well-prized asset for hotels in New York City, the pool deck, destined to make a mark among the pack of rooftop watering holes the city is known for.

Sleekly designed, the setting offers a modern chic appeal in contrast to the surrounding industrial context. Chaise lounges and cabanas fall in line with a backdrop of tree canopies on the perimeter. A few swaying palms keep the scene playful and low-key. Situated three-stories up and overlooking another precious asset, a 20,000-sq ft public park space that sits below, local pool goers will get a new summer escape with a swath of Midtown Manhattan in view, while tourists will have another reason to stay in the ‘burg.

November 12 2015

From the design of living willow structures to curating modern garden installations, Aaron McIntire shares his inspirations, philosophy, and strategies for rooftop landscape design. See the article published in Turf Magazine.

Turf Design Build magazine provides landscape design/build & architecture pros with up-to-date information on the business.

September 10 2015

Some of our latest work in Amagansett is nearing realization at this poolside slope with a display of summer blooms reaching their peak. The insertion of a retaining wall and bluestone steps leading one up to a lounge area reshape the scene. The chosen plant varieties keep a manicured, yet natural flowing appearance with the existing woodland backdrop. Hydrangeas and ‘Blue Fortune’ agastache grow verdantly while russian sage and catmint deliver a drifting fragrance into the setting.

August 26 2015

Beauty in the landscape goes beyond the first impression. The benefits of blooms, shrubs, trees, and more in the latest issue of Modern Luxury’s Beach magazine.
View the article,”Buds With Benefits.”


Note that the featured home and its adjacent landscape received LEED Gold certification in 2013.

August 14 2015

This penthouse terrace in Soho is refreshingly renewed with a lounge-like appeal for an inviting, yet refined atmosphere. A revamp of the outdoor setting by Gunn includes custom-designed teak planters, a heated plunge pool, and a planting palette of leafy textures.  A Grace Smokebush (Cotinus ‘Grace’) evolves its green leaves in the spring to producing buds that blossom feathery, puffy plumes in the summer. By fall, the shrub turns its foliage into a rich purple hue.  Finely curated with a selection of perennial grasses and other meadow plantings, Coneflower (Echinacea) and maple branches, add a sculptural display for continual interest to last through winter.

See remaining images of the complete renovation from the inside out, on curbed.com.

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.