Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects, Inc

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Published on January 21, 2009

Author: jonathanalderson

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PROJECT PURPOSE:
The Sustainable House is a new single family residence in rural Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA. The objective of the project was to create a sustainable, low maintenance landscape representative of the vernacular of the region. Working with the Architects, the Landscape Architects designed a landscape that evokes the spirit of agrarian Chester County – a simple palette of native trees, shrubs and grasses creates a harmonious transition from the house to the existing landscape. In the rear a meadow of high grass and perennials bordered by the existing woodland echoes the natural landscape.

ROLE OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT:
The Landscape Architects were commissioned to develop a conceptual Master Plan, planting and hardscape design including drainage systems, walls and terraces. The Landscape Architects worked with Architects to site the building and promote energy efficient measures - groupings of deciduous trees to the south of the house help solar insulation while evergreens to the north shelter against the winter winds. The Landscape Architects also designed a finely tapered earthen ramp to reflect the natural slopes to the north of the house, providing added insulation. The Landscape Architects coordinated design development with the Client, Architect and General Contractor. The Landscape Architects administered the landscape bidding, assisting the Client in bid review and contractor selection. The Landscape Architects provided construction supervision, and post- construction services, which included as- built plans, monitoring of plants and developing long-term maintenance guidelines.

LOCAL SIGNIFICANCE:
During the design and construction process, the Landscape Architects made every effort to specify local material and to minimize the use of finite resources:
• Both landscape and hardscape materials were specified from local sources, within a 50 mile radius of the site.
• An existing driveway was milled and recycled on site.
• Stone for the walls and the majority of the paving was quarried locally.
• Perennials and grasses used in the meadow areas were installed as landscape plugs, the sourced from local growers, North Creek Nursery and New Moon Nursery.
• 95% of all plant material was either native or indigenous to the area

 

Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects, Inc. is a design practice that is passionate and focused on developing innovative approaches to shaping the land. As a firm, we believe that the use of native plantings and appropriate materials combined with a strong regard for site and ecology can lead to the creation of extraordinary and sustainable places. We are committed to design that, born from the site, sculpts open space into artful form. PHILOSOPHY

INSPIRATION

INSPIRATION

Respecting the spirit of the site – allowing for a harmonious transition to the natural landscape. Full plantings of grasses and perennials echo the natural landscape while the use dry-laid stonewalls evoke the local cultural landscape. Groupings of deciduous trees to the south of the house help solar insulation while evergreens to the north shelter against the winter winds. Finely tapered earthen ramps reflect the natural slopes to the north of the house and provide added insulation. During the design and construction process, we made every effort to specify local material and to minimize the use of finite resources (no inorganic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides were used and all plant material was locally grown). A SUSTAINABLE HOUSE

A SPLIT LEVEL HOUSE

A SPLIT LEVEL HOUSE

THE POOL AND SPRAYFIELDS

A SUSTAINABLE HOUSE

THE MICRO CLIMATE

THE MICRO CLIMATE

THE MICRO CLIMATE

THE MICRO CLIMATE

THE MICRO CLIMATE

THE MICRO CLIMATE

THE MICRO CLIMATE

THE MICRO CLIMATE

HYDROLOGY

HYDROLOGY

HYDROLOGY

HYDROLOGY

HYDROLOGY

HYDROLOGY

HYDROLOGY

HYDROLOGY

HYDROLOGY

HYDROLOGY

MATERIALS

MATERIALS

MATERIALS

MATERIALS

MATERIALS

SOILS

SOILS

VEGETATION

VEGETATION PLUG PLANTING TOOLS

VEGETATION

VEGETATION

VEGETATION

VEGETATION

VEGETATION

VEGETATION

VEGETATION

VEGETATION

VEGETATION

VEGETATION

THE POOL AND SPRAYFIELDS

VEGETATION

Respecting the spirit of the site – simple native plantings of trees, shrubs and grasses will help restore the land, creating a harmonious transition from the house to the existing landscape. On arrival groupings of deciduous trees and shrubs, planted in the bioswale, and a dry-laid stonewall, evocative of the character of agrarian Chester County, will help shield the entrance drive and parking area from the house. The rear a meadow of high grass bordered by the existing woodland will echo the natural landscape . LEED HOUSE

LEED HOUSE

LEED HOUSE

LEED HOUSE

LEED HOUSE

LEED HOUSE

NATURAL SWIMMING POOL

NATURAL SWIMMING POOL

A TRADITIONAL SWIMMING POOL

NATURAL SWIMMING POOL

 

 

 

 

CONTACT INFORMATION JONATHAN ALDERSON L a n d s c a p e A r c h i t e c t s, I n c. Post Office Box 661 Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087-0661 (610) 341-9925 Fax (610) 341-9926 e-mail information@jonathanalderson.com www.jonathanalderson.com If you have any questions please call Jonathan Alderson or stop by the firm’s office to take a look around.

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