2017 Best of Design Award for Landscape – Private: La Grange Pavilion

Architect: Murray Legge Architecture
Location:
 La Grange, Texas

La Grange Pavilion is a landscape intervention for a house perched on a bluff overlooking the Colorado River basin near Austin, Texas. The homeowners envisioned an outdoor patio area that would enable them to enjoy the landscape throughout the year. Situated on the bluff’s edge, a series of outdoor rooms weaves among the trunks of a live oak grove adjacent to a new swimming pool. A continuous expanse of limestone pavers delineates the habitable areas from the surrounding natural landscape while creating retaining walls, planters, steps, benches, and flooring surfaces. The various individual rooms are unified into a single fluid space as these elements move with the slope of the topography. Three large limestone columns support the roof along with a series of thinner black steel columns around the perimeter.

“The landscape design celebrates the western landscape and bluff overlook. The limestone units morphing between wall and floor surfaces give the continuous space a subtle dynamism.” —Emily Bauer, Landscape Architect, Bjarke Ingels Group (juror)

Builder:
Shroyco

Builder:
Sandy Vollentine

Planting Design:
SOMOS Design and Landscaping

Structural Engineering:
TK Consulting Engineers

Steel Fabrication:
Steel House MFG

 

Honorable Mention

Project: De Maria Garden
Architect: Gluckman Tang Architects 
Location: Bridgehampton, New York

De Maria Garden, Gluckman Tang Architects (Nikolas Koenig)

The site is a brick-walled kitchen garden set on an early 20th-century estate. The architects elected to remake the landscape with a robust assortment of indigenous plants. De Maria Garden’s centerpiece is a brick and concrete pavilion containing sculpture and drawings by Walter De Maria.

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