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.
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
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.
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.
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 (Eastern redbuds) 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.
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.