The ground already has form. Why not begin to give at once by accepting that? Why not accept the gifts of nature?
~ Frank Lloyd Wright
Existing Site Landscape
The existing site landscape is dominated by the property’s severe slope with a ninety foot elevation difference from the its high point at the upper street to its low point at the lower public hiking trail. Lower parts of the site show the site’s geology with exposed stone outcroppings. A certain wilderness exists on the lower portions of the site with “native” plants, such as extensive cactus dominating the ground cover. This wilderness extends both physically and visually laterally and down into the next canyon with no visual definition of property lines. Introduced planting, such as fruit trees and bamboo for privacy, define the upper portion of the site. Although the existing cactus on the lower hillside are incorporated in plan and influence the planting pallet, no other existing planting exerts an influence over the architectural or landscape design. It is the site’s physical characteristics, such as slope, geology, and adjacencies, that most impact the architectural and landscape design response.
…architects should design gardens to be used, as much as the houses they build.
~ Luis Barragan