Firm: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
Role: Senior Project Manager and Senior Designer
Location: New York, New York
Completion Date: 2009
Collaborators: Plant Specialists, New York, New York and Ivory Build, Brooklyn, New York
As Senior Project Manager and Senior Designer at Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, Dorothy led this project for a young family in Manhattan looking for a refuge in which to raise their small family. Throughout the project, details imitate the nest, the most resourceful of shelters. Created from found objects beautifully transformed into a home, each nest has its own unique identity specific to its family.
The first floor design includes three ginkgo trees planted in the foreground of the garden providing a screen, framing the garden in order to give the illusion of spatial depth and privacy.
The second floor children’s terrace includes a teak screen from the neighboring property, and a slate chalkboard, as well as a view into the garden below.
The fifth floor edible green wall anchors the space. Intermingled throughout the project are childrens playspaces, so children and adults can both enjoy the terraces.
The beautiful slate roof of the adjacent church required that the view be oriented away from the street. The best of the surrounding landscape is revealed in choreographed ways, with a sliding teak screen that also lets in sunlight and provides refuge from the sun.
The layering of planting reveals the industrial through a soft planted foreground. In the planter design,a small beveled edge used sparingly brings a nest-like texture to the planters.
"What a wonderful home for a family. It’s astonishing how much vegetation they packed in there, yet it doesn’t feel at all as if there is too much and there is still a lot of open space.
The detailing and craftsmanship are exquisite, particularly the vertical wall where they managed to get things to grow and the teak
—2011 ASLA Professional Awards Jury