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Carport and overhead aluminum trellis: These elements became the architecture of the entrance garden. The Breadfruit Tree in the top left middle ground was relocated from the area of the new carport. The nondescript house virtually disappears (photo: Lanny Provo).

The pivoting aluminum entry gate, designed to be transparent. The gate permits limited visual access while restricting physical access. Entry walkway leading to the residence entry and water garden (photo: Lanny Provo).
View of the water garden from beyond the library/guest room sitting nook. The first floating pad (coming from the gate) becomes the entry to the residence (photo: Lanny Provo).
Fountain wall: Offering a view towards the Southeast corner of the backyard. The fountain wall conceals equipment and storage area for hurricane shutters and bicycles. The river rock stripe at the lower right corner marks a transitional edge between the garden and the living room (photo: Lanny Provo).
Interior View: Interior space is defined by the fountain wall. Planting beyond the wall suggests that the forest was cleared to this point only. The fountain enlivens the interior space especially with night lighting. Since insects are not as problematic as they are in other parts of Florida, the doors remain open most of the time (photo: Lanny Provo).

Island Modern, Key West, FL
Raymond Jungles, Inc., Miami, FL

"Compact, but powerful . . . deals with a small site so well . . . the walls disappear . . .. . particularly nice use of local color and stone . . .the landscape architect’s role in reconfiguring the interior space to take advantage of outdoor space is notable."

— 2005 Professional Awards Jury Comments

After purchasing a nondescript residence on a 10,000 square foot corner lot in a popular resort island community, the client selected the landscape architect based on recommendations from the realtor and the architect. Both had seen previous projects where he had articulated the architecture and garden to fuse them into one, and maximize the indoor-outdoor living potential. In order to achieve the best solution for outdoor living and entertainment, which was a critical program element for this part-time New York based family, the landscape architect made critical decisions for the interior floor plan, vehicular and pedestrian circulation, and general treatment of the structure.

The budget was very restricted for renovations to the structure. No more than 50% of its value could be spent on renovations, or it had to be demolished and a new structure designed to meet current codes would need to be built. This was out of the question for the client who wanted a livable garden oriented vacation house within a very constricted time frame.

The landscape architect’s duties were as follows:

  • Suggest interior floor plan layout and window and door placement, in order to provide the best indoor-outdoor views and spatial relationships
  • Suggest the removal of parts of the structure to allow for pocket gardens
  • Design all hardscape and site improvements; for example, carport, entry trellis, entry gate, privacy fences, planters, walls, fountains, pool, water garden and master bathroom garden
  • Planting design
  • Lighting design
  • Color selection for residence and garden architecture
  • Site furnishing selection
  • General consultation on architectural renovation and interiors

This project exemplifies the landscape architect’s role in shaping the built environment to enhance the user’s lifestyle, appreciation of art and nature, and the beauty of a garden. Plants were not only selected for their beauty, but for their parsimonious water requirements and appropriateness to the site. Indigenous plants were utilized to create a privacy buffer while providing a habitat for local birds and insects.

Landscape architects must have a thorough understanding of the built environment as well as the natural environment. This project demonstrates the importance of the landscape architect’s involvement at an early stage in the development of a project to better articulate landscape and building. The community is buzzing about the new project which utilizes the entire site, as well as a borrowed landscape. When the sliding doors on both sides of the residence are completely open, the indoors and outdoors are transformed into a singular space. The pool becomes an extension of the kitchen and dining room; the living room becomes one with the water garden. All natural and manmade elements co-exist: water and rugs, plants and furniture, soil and stone floors, birds and books. This small scale garden/residence encompasses the universe.

Detail of the fountain wall and water garden. The pond supports fish and plants, while providing relaxing views and sounds to the person experiencing it (photo: Lanny Provo).
View from inside the library/guest room. Interior and exterior spaces flow and integrate (photo: Lanny Provo).
Pool garden four months after completion. Circular driveway is history. Pool is narrow but long for swimming laps. Steps, seat ledge and deck complement outdoor living space (photo: Lanny Provo).
Detail of the pool garden at lanai. Note the water chute. This fountain produces a pleasant, gentle sound and is directly opposite the water garden/fountain wall on the other side of the flow through living spaces. Livable spaces flows from property line to property line (photo: Lanny Provo).
Indoor/outdoor shower: One can shower indoors with a feeling of being outdoors. Others can visually share and enjoy the space without invading the privacy of the bather (photo: Lanny Provo).
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