Design Award of Honor
Tidewater Residence, Virginia Beach, VA
Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape
Architects, Charlottesville, VA
Simple elegance integrates building and site. Excellent use
of materials to help engage the site. . . Very sensitive to the
site. . . conscious effort of sustainable design. . . would love
to be there now. . .
Professional Awards Jury Comments
The seven-acre site for this house and garden is set on Lynnhaven
Bay, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay-the largest and most biologically
productive estuary in the United States. The site was abandoned
and overgrown, the last available tract in a suburban development
where houses dominate the waterfront and where riprap and bulkheads
have typically replaced the natural shoreline stabilization provided
by tidal marshes. The owners were determined to break the stereotypical
mold for shoreline development by hiring a landscape architect whose
philosophy was grounded in the principles of sustainable design.
The subsequent dialogue began when the property was purchased and
evolved into a fully realized interplay of house and garden that
respects and responds to the setting and sensitive local ecology.