First Floor Garden
       
     
Garden Nest
       
     
Garden Detail
       
     
Fountain Spout
       
     
Slate Chalkboard
       
     
Sliding Teak Shutter
       
     
Green Wall and Screen
       
     
View of Edible Green Wall from Upper Level Terrace
       
     
Sandbox Detail
       
     
Upper Level Terrace
       
     
View of Neighboring Church
       
     
Upper Level Terrace
       
     
First Floor Garden
       
     
First Floor Garden

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.

Garden Nest
       
     
Garden Nest
Garden Detail
       
     
Garden Detail

"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 
screens."

—2011 ASLA Professional Awards Jury

Fountain Spout
       
     
Fountain Spout
Slate Chalkboard
       
     
Slate Chalkboard
Sliding Teak Shutter
       
     
Sliding Teak Shutter
Green Wall and Screen
       
     
Green Wall and Screen
View of Edible Green Wall from Upper Level Terrace
       
     
View of Edible Green Wall from Upper Level Terrace
Sandbox Detail
       
     
Sandbox Detail
Upper Level Terrace
       
     
Upper Level Terrace
View of Neighboring Church
       
     
View of Neighboring Church
Upper Level Terrace
       
     
Upper Level Terrace