Pine Tree North
This recently completed 1 acre single-family residential home welcomes a landscape design demonstrating how garden elements can meld the built environment seamlessly with the natural … Read More
This recently completed 1 acre single-family residential home welcomes a landscape design demonstrating how garden elements can meld the built environment seamlessly with the natural. The architecture incorporated raw materials such as exposed concrete, stone, and wood to complement the natural site. The family compound has a continuous design language, from the site-specific use of materials, to the indigenous plantings and specimen trees. In addition to a traditional swimming pool, the garden envelopes a bio-filtered natural swimming pool that includes Red Mangrove and native wetland plants. A curvilinear walkway creates a bridge over the natural pool offering a unique perspective to the garden below, and access to the second floor main living area. From this vantage point, one can obtain views of the vegetated green roof of the main level, and overlook Indian Creek and the Miami Beach skyline. The planting design is natural and lush, and plant species are composed to create a wild feel, and to create privacy from the neighboring properties. Large scale Sabal Palms were used to diminish the scale of the neighboring structures.
The project incorporates a green roof above the bedroom wing. A lightweight soil mixture was specified, and plant selections were made appropriately for the minimal soil depth that was available. A high efficiency drip irrigation system was used for the green roof planting. Some of the benefits derived from the green roof are in the reduction of stormwater runoff, energy use and the heat island effect.
The concrete driveway incorporates a finish of exposed shells which were sourced regionally in Florida. Joints were notched out of the driveway and were planted with sod creating pervious areas and melded the hardscape and softscape. Many Florida native species were used in the planting design. The use of native plants is an important priority of the landscape architect as natives allow for the creation of wildlife habitat, and require little to no supplemental irrigation after establishment.
The property had unique challenges: the lot is long and narrow, and lies between two existing narrow sites that maximized their building footprints. Underground drainage and a rapid construction schedule also posed a test for landscape implementation. Sequencing had to work from the inside of the property out, and the tight planting spaces created limitations for equipment.
Year of Completion
Miami Beach, Florida
Brodson Construction, Inc.
Stephen Dunn Photography