American Society of Landscape Architects

  2004 ASLA Professional Awards

Design Award of Merit

Charlotte Residence, Charlotte, NC
Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, Charlottesville, VA

Simple landscape forms complement and integrate architecture and natural setting. . . Play of textures and shapes harmonizes with the house. . . Low-key, relaxed, invites outdoors in.
           2004 Professional Awards Jury Comments

Embedded within a gentle knoll on a five acre wooded site outside Charlotte, this house and garden reflect the clients’ desire to live a life connected to the land around them. The landscape architects worked very closely with the client from the outset to incorporate a site program of walking and hiking trails, a swimming pool, an entrance drive and court, as well as areas for locating outdoor sculpture into a tightly woven plan. The embrace of natural light, specific site orientations, and tree preservation were fundamental to the site plan. The result is a relatively simple ensemble of building, garden, and landscape that reinforces seamless connections between outside and inside.


View of entry water garden with metal scupper fountain looking west. Plantings include pickerel weed, iris, ostrich fern, and clethra. (Photo: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects)

Site plan (note that north is down). (Drawing: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects)

Oblique view of approach to house from entry drive looking across entry court. (Photo: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects)

View south of front entrance and gravel court with preserved loblolly pines. (© Philip Beaurline)

View of low fieldstone wall looking east back toward entry court. (© Philip Beaurline)

House at dusk looking north. (© Philip Beaurline)

Garden, pool, and terrace looking northwest. (Photo: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects)

Garden, pool, and porch looking northeast toward eight-foot high fieldstone wall. (Photo: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects)

View from pool and lawn terrace looking due west across meadow toward low seat wall (obscured by meadow grass) and existing trees beyond. (Photo: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects)

View through fieldstone wall looking west. (Photo: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects)


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