Creekside Grotto

2010 Honor Award: Cincinnati Magazine Awards
2010 Honorable Mention: Cincinnati CORAwards

Situated alongside a rambling creek, this grotto space offers a moment of repose in a kinetic landscape; a place to share a glass of wine with a friend.

The program involved the rediscovery and reconnection of a recently completed residence back to its site. A series of walking paths were developed to traverse the heavily treed and steeply sloped site. These paths offer carefully sequenced experiences through a variety of landscaped and natural events. Each event was designed to reflect seasonal changes and a variety of sensual experiences, coined assertive nature.

The grotto space eschews the typical landscape plan-based design exercise in favor of a 3-dimentional architectural solution that includes the sky, tree canopy and deeply carved creek bed. A combination of strong verticals elements juxtaposed against long horizontal vistas activate the space while restricted and filtered light layer a solemn and peaceful spirit over the place. The carefully placed black flagstones are spaced to encourage the growth of beautiful moss as landscape, architecture and nature culminate in this shady, creek side terrace, hidden from the rest of the property. Behind a screen of lush bamboo the grotto offers a secret retreat.

(completed in 2007)
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Situated alongside a rambling creek, this grotto space offers a moment of repose in a kinetic landscape; a place to share a glass of wine with a friend. 2010 Honor Award: Cincinnati Magazine 2010 Honorable Mention: Cincinnati CORAwards
“backyard” — Lori
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Situated alongside a rambling creek, this grotto space offers a moment of repose in a kinetic landscape; a place to share a glass of wine with a friend. 2010 Honor Award: Cincinnati Magazine 2010 Honorable Mention: Cincinnati CORAwards
“fire pit options.” — stepharvin
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