September 30 2014

From landscape to pool to path to entryway, a lighting scheme done right can find common ground between function and form, capturing the essence of your setting.

The placement might meet functional requirements or enhance architectural features, but the effect of the chosen lamp fixture and diffusion of light can create stunning effects through dusk and long after the sunset. Whether simple path lighting is desired or the atmosphere of an ambient setting for outdoor events and gatherings, adding glow to your surroundings brings the opportunity to showcase texture and contrasts that go beyond the charm and color of the daytime.

September 15 2014

The use of stone can make a strong statement in any outdoor setting, gracefully accenting plantings, adding variation to a stretch of lawn, and providing a sense of place in a contiguous landscape. Cut with precision or left in its natural form, it requires a carefully placed, thought-out design when integrating within the context of your landscape.

You may choose to counter the bold look of its use in pathways, anchoring either side with robust perennial beds, or embed within an expanse of moss groundcover for a storybook setting. From patio paving and pathways, to retaining walls and garden bed borders, stone’s inherent characteristics and possible forms, make it a staple for almost any garden and landscape setting to incorporate.

September 8 2014

The highly anticipated 183-key hotel development, Level Hotel, located at 55 Wythe has brought on the team at Gunn Landscape Architecture to design a series of landscaped outdoor venues from the ground level up, including the largest elevated public space in the Williamsburg area.

With the strong architectural gesture of the building, the sloping land forms, native plantings, and leafy canopies made from woven live willow branches are intended create a setting that tempers the journey from a surrounding industrial context and usual play of straight modern lines. Along with the 20,000 sq ft elevated garden, the project also includes a street-level retail plaza designed with a green wall and a scattering of trees, stretching one full city block. In addition the design includes a large outdoor bar and a modern, spill-over reflecting pool on a deck several stories up.

August 7 2014

Some settings showcase unique historic beauty. The bygone era of manufacturing placed in the heart of Soho left behind space and historically rich, building details directly in view when one can be perched above the street scape.  This unwelcoming rooftop was disengaged from its residence, and it would take more than cosmetic changes to give it a new life. The Gunn team was called upon to design a retreat that brings the serenity of the natural landscape merged with the built; with living quarters extending from the home that mitigate with the surrounding context. The solution would also meet the request for exclusivity – a place that provided a sense of security and privacy for the owners.

Gunn introduced an eye-pleasing look to last year-round in this before and after.The design includes a range of materials to turn an uninspiring rooftop space into one that brings tranquility and utility: slats of oiled hardwood constructed as removable panels in the flooring, screening, planters, and seating; the textured stone of Yangtzee limestone pavers; eco-friendly Synlawn to ease water consumption; and evergreens to keep the space green year round. Juniper hedges were planted in repetition to screen and privatize an exposed corner space.

See more photos of the completed project.

July 29 2014
July 18 2014

Rescale your outdoor space with divisions to become a place of solitude. This Upper West Side terrace perched above the cityscape gets a dose of Zen by introducing natural materials and through a series of intimately scaled living zones set within a linear space.

Gunn Landscape Architecture’s landscape designer, Aaron Andrew McIntire, worked with interior designer Wesley Moon to bring suggestions of interior environs and sense of enclosure. Arbors, dressed with the delicate tendrils of climbing clematis and the more robust wisteria, become formal divisions to enhance the feeling of seclusion on an open rooftop exposed to the elements. Slat trellis partitions, made of oiled hardwood, border the entire terrace to maintain a continuity in a divided space, but also provide a backdrop for hedges in custom designed, weathered, zinc planters and accessories that further stand out to captivate the eye. The Sango Kaku, or Coral Bark Maple, paints new colors into the setting each season – leaves turning from green to pollen yellow throughout spring and into summer, while the red hues of branches intensify from fall through winter.

July 8 2014