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Gardenista Considered Design Awards: Vote for the Best Architectural Garden Feature

July 14, 2013 10:00 PM

BY Gardenista Team

Below are the Gardenista finalists for the Best Architectural Garden Feature submitted by professional designers. To see all the photos for each project, scroll down within each box. You can vote once a day in each category now through July 15. Share images on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest using the sharing tools embedded beneath each image. Happy voting!


Red Bark Design. A Dramatic Steel Fence Defines Outdoor Space for an Adobe Home. Tucson, AZ. “This horizontal steel fence replaced a 30-foot tall oleander hedge in front of an historic midcentury adobe home. It provides a backdrop to native vegetation, defines the outdoor space and establishes a street connection. The clients can relax under the native mesquite or harvest from their adjacent garden.”



Specht Harpman Architects. Creative Solutions Connect Distinct Outdoor Rooms. New Canaan, CT. “The New Canaan residence welcomes its owners into a floating pavilion in the tree canopy.  A series of ‘outdoor rooms’ that feature a fireplace and distinct seating areas link together with a swimming pool and separate pool house to emphasize the project’s strong lines and classically modern roots.”



Rees Roberts + Partners. A Chemical-Free Pool is a Natural Part of this Modern Landscape. Cape Town, South Africa. “This pool eschews chemicals, using an aquatic plant bed to filter water. The aquatic plantings integrate seamlessly with the property’s indigenous fynbos plantings and the aesthetic of the natural landscape. A sustainable wood deck abuts the pool and offers stunning views of the Cape Town coast.”



Habitat Horticulture. A Massive Living Wall Made of California Natives. San Mateo, CA. “The Bay Meadows Welcome Center started as a simple construction trailer. Reinvented by BCV Architects, the architectural masterpiece features California’s largest living wall and an expansive deck surrounded by flourishing edible garden containers. The 86-foot long living wall was thoughtfully designed with native plants that attract pollinators, supporting a healthy local ecology.”



Burr & McCallum Architects. Stone Walls Guard a Pool in the Countryside. Williamstown, MA. “Our clients needed a swimming pool to lure their children to the country. A shady porch utilizes an existing steep slope with stone walls supporting the porch roof. A door in the wall evokes that Charleston surprise, leading into the outdoor sunshine. Materials include local Goshen stone and ipe decking.”