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Landscape > Private: Modern Vineyard by Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture

Architect: Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture 
Location: Paso Robles, CA

Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture selected a subdued color palette accentuated with Mediterranean grasses and timeworn olive trees to define this 72-acre vineyard in the Paso Robles wine region. In order to create a poetic exchange among the landscape, architecture, and surrounding environment, the firm softened the structure’s modern aesthetic with grasses that mirror the native vegetation as it fluctuates through the seasons, creating a strong sense of connection with the region.

Landscape Contractor
D’Alfonso’s Native Landscapes

Architect
Ferguson-Ettinger Architects, Inc.

Structural Engineer
Craig Dobbs

Isokern Fireplaces
Earthcore

Doors
LaCantina Doors

(Courtesy Ballogg Photography)

Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative. (Courtesy Ballogg Photography)

Honorable Mention, Landscape > Private: Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative

Landscape Architecture: site design group, ltd.
Location: Chicago, IL

(Courtesy Ballogg Photography)

Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative. (Courtesy Ballogg Photography)

Located on the South Side of Chicago, Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative is a unique development of 36 rehabilitated units that serve as mixed-income housing for artists, arts professionals, and those with a creative impulse, designed to foster community collaboration around the arts.

(Courtesy Sam Fentress)

Gateway Plaza Landscape. (Courtesy Sam Fentress)

Honorable Mention, Landscape > Private: Gateway Plaza Landscape

Architect: Forum Studio
Location: Richmond, VA

(Courtesy Sam Fentress)

Gateway Plaza Landscape. (Courtesy Sam Fentress)

Positioned as a portal to downtown, this urban plaza weaves art, design elements, ample seating, and greenery through the site to catalyze a new urban vitality and serve as a model for sustainability.

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