Washington, DC, NW

Completed 1996

24,000 sf

Cass & Associates Architects (architect)

The landscape design for the Burack Residence, located in Northwest DC, includes a multi-faceted garden that provides outdoor rooms for entertaining and family relaxation, solves serious site drainage problems, and recasts the site’s aggressive topography as an asset that contributes to the project’s distinct sense of place.

LAB’s design includes a series of garden terraces, each with a distinctive character, unified through a common material palette of stone walls and bluestone paving. The major terraces step down to a multi-functional lawn that overlooks an a swimming pool.  To the side of the house, a smaller shade terrace is conceived as an intimate woodland garden with seating for reading and quiet contemplation.

The property is located at the low end of a ten-acre watershed that collects a large volume of water during heavy rains.  The approach includes several french drains that intercept stormwater runoff at the high side of the property and direct the water to a large reservoir under the rear lawn where it can infiltrate over time.

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Photographs & Drawings: LAB