Andrea Cochran's Bold Landscape Designs Are Natural Wonders

Andrea Cochran's Bold Landscape Designs Are Natural Wonders

By Lydia Lee
Andrea Cochran, a 2014 National Design Award winner, applies a site-specific approach to tease out the ephemeral and sensory.

It takes a certain chutzpah to tell a client that what they really need is a 100-foot-long stone pyramid. San Francisco–based landscape architect Andrea Cochran revived the iconic form at Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards & Winery in Sonoma, California. The structure is a gently sloping mass of meticulously arranged, site-harvested stones, not an imposing Las Vegas–style ziggurat. It is a powerful reminder of the more intimate connection with the land. "The shadow of the trees moves across the slope, and the whole surface becomes alive," Cochran says. "It’s like a sundial." 

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