Shadow Landscape08/19/10Re-laying stockpiled soils
February 23, 2011
Landscape in Architecture
A wildflower swale flows past GO Home’s big windows, about 20 feet away from the dining room table. Swale and building lie on either side of the grass path mown through the old field. The path loops through the orchard, skirting the lupine drift and the ledge outcrops, it meanders through stands of young birches and sumac, and crisscrosses the wildflower swale to pass along the building’s south side.
The primary textures of the larger landscape – the old field, the grasses and wildflowers – are separated from GO Home’s interior by the width of a walking path. The view from inside is the view from the path, though sheltered and quiet, like looking out from a bird blind. The life and activity in the field are a visible presence inside the building, a simultaneous experience of landscape and architecture.