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Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture – USA

Stone Edge Farm

Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture – USA

Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture – USA

Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture – USA

Pyramid Garden

The garden in California’s Sonoma Valley consists of three main elements: a celestial observatory, a spa and a stone pyramid. This trilogy of structures is grounded by a linear composition including a raised lap pool, a shallow reflecting pool and long rows of olive trees. Meadows of drought-tolerant grasses connect the garden to the larger Sonoma Valley landscape.

The garden expands the owners’ original property by 3.5 acres. A meandering path between pre-existing oaks leads to the spa building. A forested grove shields the spa building from the older residence, while a long, raised lap pool links the spa to the other new Corten steel structure, the observatory, set in a shallow, rectangular reflecting pool. Long rows of ancient olive trees, rescued from an old orchard in northern California, further reinforce linear connections between the garden’s individual elements and provide screening from the neighboring residence. At the eastern side of the property, the axis ends in a 100-foot-long asymmetrical stone pyramid sculpture, built from the native alluvial stones that were unearthed during construction. The designers thus proposed an innovative way to reclaim onsite materials. A meadow planted with four layered grass varieties unifies the ground plane. A lawn area is embedded in it like a room carved from the meadow. The meadow planted with wild grasses also performs as a wash, absorbing floodwaters from the creek bordering the property.

Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture – USA

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A long lap pool lines the terrace by the spa building. Ancient olive trees frame the path to the observatory. A stone pyramid made from reclaimed onsite materials rises from a sea of grasses.