Each year, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) awards professional awards to the year's best residential landscape designs. We have all eight winners from the 2011 competition, with entries ranging from a renovation of Philip Johnson's Beck House in Dallas to a cascade of terraces for a New York City apartment.
ASLA Award Winner Snake River Residence by Design Workshop, Inc. Jackson Hole, WY
A slice of modernism in a rustic environment, Snake River Retreat challenges the notion of contemporary design in a rugged landscape. Respect for the natural landscape is evident through the ecological restoration of over a half-mile of the site’s once-damaged hydrological systems, encouraging the owners and guests to be outside and addressing metrics of water quality, vegetative coverage and habitat growth. A multi-layered tapestry of riparian and native species reestablishes the landscape to pre-disturbed conditions.
Left: The terrace, recessed below the finished floor of the residence, disappears into a meadow of alpine lupine. The meadow was created by carefully thinning existing cottonwood sapling to suggest a drier and broader environment reminiscent of an open mountain meadow.