written by:
May 26, 2009
Originally published in Before & After

There is such a variety of well-executed residential landscape designs, it is difficult (and arbitrary) to cite one as being superlative. However, each of the following projects deals well with a particular design element and serves as a model for executing traditional landscape practices.

The landscaped garden outside of a home in Karlsruhe, Germany, designed by Klahn + Singer + Partner, employs a sculptural take on the traditional cabinet or hedgerow.
The landscaped garden outside of a home in Karlsruhe, Germany, designed by Klahn + Singer + Partner, employs a sculptural take on the traditional cabinet or hedgerow.
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Lutsko Associates chose to integrate stepped terraces into the landscape design of this Ketchum, Idaho home.
Lutsko Associates chose to integrate stepped terraces into the landscape design of this Ketchum, Idaho home.
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The landscaped garden outside of a home in Karlsruhe, Germany, designed by Klahn + Singer + Partner, employs a sculptural take on the traditional cabinet or hedgerow.
The landscaped garden outside of a home in Karlsruhe, Germany, designed by Klahn + Singer + Partner, employs a sculptural take on the traditional cabinet or hedgerow.

Edge-Cabinet-Tonsure:
Klahn + Singer + Partner
Karlsruhe, Germany
This garden in Karlsruhe, Germany, fashions a unique, sculptural take on the traditional cabinet or hedgerow. The forms within the enclosure are both geometric and biomorphic and equally pleasurable when viewed from above or below. The garden changes through the seasons, with the deciduous plants contrasting against the 
evergreens in the fall. The sculptured forms create visual interest in the 
winter, when they are covered in snow.

Native Planting:
Lutsko Associates
Ketchum, Idaho
Lutsko Associates found a way to 
integrate and highlight strategic native planting within this open grassland. Stepped terraces delineate the space and emphasize the house in relation to the surrounding land, giving the composition a natural yet structured feel.

Lutsko Associates chose to integrate stepped terraces into the landscape design of this Ketchum, Idaho home.
Lutsko Associates chose to integrate stepped terraces into the landscape design of this Ketchum, Idaho home.


Courtyard Water Feature:
Charles Anderson 
Landscape Architecture
Seattle, Washington
The urban context and limited area called for an integration of natural space within the interior of the Seattle home. Anderson put a water feature in the passage between the garage and the back door. Metal grating spans the water feature—–which is planted with giant horsetail, skunk cabbage, and slough sedge—–and is well integrated with the surrounding hardscape.

Best Housing Development:
VHP Urban Designers + Architects + Landscape Architects BV
Piekenhoef, The Netherlands
The Piekenhoef housing development lies at the boundary between the low-lying Maas river valley and the Aeolian sand ridges of Brabant. VHP’s design takes into account the delicate ecosystem of the site. Rainwater runoff and detention systems form the starting point. VHP designed five “wadis,” wide, grassy infiltration trenches that run through the residential area and allow runoff to percolate into the subsoil. They also establish a clear relation 
between the residential context and the surrounding landscape, and 
between the village and the forest.

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