This landscape renovation of the Hummingbird House, sited on the declivitous embankment on the north side of Mummy Mountain, is comprised of a progression of landscape experiences – a colorful, native landscape alongside the entrance drive gives way to a more formal experience as one moves through the auto court to the front entry, and an art centric courtyard which is an extension of the indoor living spaces. The design balances the client’s desire to honor and respect the geometry of the original architecture designed by Will Bruder, while creating a contemporary courtyard that provides a place to retreat and relax, but is also viewed from within the residence as a living sculpture.
The incline along the road features nearly vertical walls of exposed schist. Matching boulders are naturally sited flanking the walls to allow for establishment of native trees and shrubs, providing a dense growth for privacy while also reducing erosion. Within the courtyard, a spare use of materials creates a modern aesthetic – concrete risers unite the two levels, rusted steel slot planters with simple, yet deliberate plantings slide past one another. Mayme Kratz’s resin gabion wall stitches together the driveway and house wall, providing a magnificent focal point in the garden.