Located just steps away from the Barnes Arboretum, this new estate home is highlighted by the landscape design. We applied similar classical leitmotifs to those found in the contextual historic neighborhood, but selected modern varieties of plant material to render a fashionable garden. Other building materials were traditional: hand-forged wrought iron entrance gates, custom limestone quoins, caps, and balustrade, and flagstone paving are all used to support the vernacular.
Scaling the building was a key rallying point of the design. Flat, transitional areas at both the front and back stretch the spaces horizontally. Large shade trees punctuate the facades, and tall walls create separation. Smaller plantings are interspersed throughout to create human scale within larger spaces.
A fire pit was established away from the building, to create a gathering destination in the landscape. Existing tennis courts were retained and refurbished. The perimeter was heavily planted for privacy from a neighboring college campus.
Architecture: Archer & Buchanan Architects
Interior Design: Joanne Bateman Interior Designs, LLC
Photography: Stephen Govel Photography