Outdoor Lifestyle

The call of the wild is impossible to resist in these patios, backyards, rooftops, and gardens that offer a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Yard Works
“Mother Nature is too powerful to try and mimic,” says Shane Coen, whose firm is known for its minimalist approach to the...
Backyard Marsh in San Francisco
A landscape architect in San Francisco harnesses an underground water source to create a lush marshland in his own backyard.
A Heavenly Backyard is Precise with Pebbles
A San Francisco landscape designer finds a small-space solution that’s anything but narrow-minded.
This Backyard Returns to the Wild
A landscape architect in San Francisco harnesses an underground water source to create a lush marshland in his own backyard.
Native Plants Can Transform Your Yard—And The Planet
With her drought-tolerant landscapes and permeable hardscape designs, Cassy Aoyagi of FormLA Landscaping has proven her...
How to Make Your Garden Water-Free
Landscape architect Brennan Cox, principal of San Francisco–based Groundworks, explores the best approaches to drought-tolerant...
A Two-Part Landscaping Renovation in San Francisco
In an unusual collaboration among birds, wind, and one of San Francisco’s leading landscape architects, a California designer has...
Landscape Design for All Climates
Seven landscape architects across the United States explain how they mastermind inspired designs showcasing the best of their...
Bay Area Ipe-Clad Backyard Getaway
An angled deck transforms a backyard in Menlo Park, California, into a welcoming gathering spot.
Sunken Outdoor Fire Pit
Hufft Projects carves out a sunken seating area in an outdoor scheme designed for entertaining.
Creative Landscape Design for a Renovated Eichler in California
Landscape designer Bernard Trainor masterminds a seamless garden to surround a Silicon Valley Eichler.
Performing a New Production on a Worn Stage
There is a tired adage in architecture that the form of a building must follow its function.
A Rooftop Garden Completes This Urban Pastoral Home
Building on the site of a former one-car garage, an architect creates his family’s home in an evolving, industrial neighborhood...
An Architect's Tips for Creating a Garden in the Heart of the City
In our upcoming February 2016 issue, we visit the Gowanus, Brooklyn, home of architect Philippe Baumann and his family, which...
It Takes a Village
On Washington's lush Bainbridge Island, one community strives for quality of life as a sustainable initiative.
Beauty and Brains: Building Sustainably With Redwood
The return of summer barbecues and back porch hangouts means that outdoor living spaces are again enjoying heavy foot traffic.
Though the front of this 1880s home in Adelaide, Australia, maintains a traditional facade due to strict heritage laws,...
The house features several courtyards, conveying an ever-present sense of indoor-outdoor living.
In the outdoor dining room, wire chairs by Harry Bertoia for Knoll surround a mango wood table made by a local...
Architect Yuri Zagorin Alazraki’s refined home in Mexico City is oriented as a series of stacked boxes.
Fields of native grasses connect the main residence, situated at the top of the slope, to the new structures scattered...
A section of the facade—a cross between a shoji screen and a barn door—slides open.
Once unkempt terrain (1), the lot was replanted by Elysian Landscapes.
Delighted with the result, they requested additional structures, including a pool house with a dining area that opens...
Ocotillo was placed in key areas as a great structural focal point.
After months of arduous design and construction, Marmol and Becket are thrilled to escape Los Angeles for their idyllic...
Marmol and Becket with their daughter, Emilia.
Groupings of succulents accent the home’s entry path and pool area.
Leo Marmol and Alisa Becket enjoy one of their home’s many outdoor spaces.
"The project is a tribute to the majesty of nature and to the people of Norway," says Schluchtmann, "who not only...

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