Natural Selection

Text by Lisa H. Speidel Photography by Keith Scott Morton

Modern architecture meets modern landscaping in this Greenwich property that takes sustainability seriously. Landscape designer James Doyle sought to double down on a sleek aesthetic while still preserving the natural, densely wooded site. Compelling connections are everywhere: a water feature with a custom spillway is carved out of a zinc wall, part of the central architectural spine that runs through the house; a bluestone bridge spans the water and connects the dining terrace to the master bedroom’s garden; and a largely native plant palette that incorporates golden tones juxtaposes perfectly with the hue of the LEED-certified house.

“Everything nestles nicely into the site,” notes Doyle. “We incorporated gestures that are unique and contemporary, but the whole thing works as a whole.”

Not only does it work, it was celebrated by the Connecticut chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, garnering a 2020 Merit Award. A nod to the beautiful ways in which the built environment can coexist with and elevate its natural surroundings.

James Doyle Design Associates, Greenwich
Architecture by Amanda Martocchio Architecture

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