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Modern Garden Design by Mary Barensfeld Architecture

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by Promila Shastri last modified Jul 09, 2014

Modernist outdoor spaces, conventional thinking goes, with their emphasis on geometry and tight editing, can never match the layered lushness of an informal, organically evolving garden. But this miraculously beautiful backyard, designed by Bay Area practice Mary Barensfeld Architecture, may just put that theory to rest once and for all. — Continue reading …




 

 

10393799_10152597818153799_7769969311457879857_nModernist outdoor spaces, conventional thinking goes, with their emphasis on geometry and tight editing, can never match the layered lushness of an informal, organically evolving garden. But this miraculously beautiful backyard, designed by Bay Area practice Mary Barensfeld Architecture, may just put that theory to rest once and for all.

A 400 square foot patio, surrounded by steep terrain, this outdoor spot in Berkeley “aspires, in the classic modernist sense, to be the new living room of the townhouse,” explains Mary Barensfeld, who found a way to ingeniously maximize her client’s hilly landscape with a series of staggered flower beds and pathways realized in concrete, COR-TEN steel and Ipê wood, densely packed with “Japanese maples, aromatic lemon thyme, and creeping jenny.”

To offset the visual richness of the space’s vegetation, Barensfeld selected refined furnishings to warm the heart of modern design enthusiasts the world over: Richard Schultz’s 1960 teak Petal Dining Table for Knoll, chosen for its “playful modernity and arboreal structure,” and a suite of pristine white Bellini Chairs by Heller. The makings of outdoor nirvana, wouldn’t you say?hillside-haven-outdoor-landscaping-ipe-deck-white-granite-patio-poolhillside-haven-outdoor-landscaping-easy-chair-terrace-ipe-wood-deckpalettes_barensfeld5-1palettes_barensfeld1hillside-haven-outdoor-landscaping-steel-screens-koi-bamboopalettes_barensfeld6hillside-haven-outdoor-landscaping-formed-concrete-retaining-walls-ramps-terrace

Images: Knoll; Dwell


 

 

 
 
 

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