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March 13, 2013
From a modern twist on the classic porch swing to living roofs and a breathtaking vertical garden, our Pinterest board devoted to Landscape Architecture and Outdoors is full of great design ideas. Enjoy a peek here, and follow our board today!
Walter Gropius wanted the Hagerty House, his first commission in the United States, to be as close to the sea as possible. He sited the structure a precarious 20 feet from the shore and let the setting dictate the design. (Pin) Photo by: Dean Kaufman
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An outdoor shower is flanked by a highly functional (and attractive) wall designed for firewood storage. Via Stone Creek Camp. (Pin)

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The Living Edge-A home on Austin’s outskirts is integrated into its landscape with a massive living roof that supports nearly 200 species of plants and grasses and innumerable local species. (Pin)

Photo by: Dave Mead

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Forget the old porch swing! This Georgian Bay home shared by two families was an architectural experiment in communal living. Two-year-old Annika and five-year-old Soren make music on the "nap swing," a popular hangout spot for kids and adults alike. (Pin) Photo by: Lorne Bridgman

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A lush vertical garden found via Coolhunter. (Pin)

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San Francisco landscape architect Marcel Wilson harnessed an underground water source to create a lush marshland in his own backyard. The first step was freeing the stream, which now cascades through copper runnels from under the deck to an iris-studded wetland. The rest grew around it: a raised lawn (built with dirt excavated from the building where Wilson’s wife’s jewelry-making studio is now located), the weathered boardwalk (its decking and steel salvaged when Wilson renovated the house), and a pad of rounded stones planted with native maples. Though its flora is packed tightly within the garden, its edges bleed. A neighbor’s Japanese maple pokes through holes in the fence; a swing-out window frames Mount Diablo in the distance; a hidden door allows lemon-picking excursions to the next yard over. (Pin)

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Walter Gropius wanted the Hagerty House, his first commission in the United States, to be as close to the sea as possible. He sited the structure a precarious 20 feet from the shore and let the setting dictate the design. (Pin) Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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