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Native shad trees (Amelanchier Canadensis) were field-located.  Drives and walks were designed to meander through the trees. (Photo by Charles Mayer.)

The tennis court was set into an open glade within the native shad forest.  Specimens that would have been damaged by construction were hand-dug and replanted. (Photo by Charles Mayer.)

A native cherry (Prunus serotina) was exposed and preserved within the shad forest.  Native ferns and shade loving astilbes provide an herbaceous layer adapted to the naturally low light conditions. (Photo by Charles Mayer.)

A walk of local New York state bluestone cuts an angular path through the shad forest to provide a surprising introduction to the contemporary architecture. (Photo by Charles Mayer.)

A simple pergola planted with wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) and trumpet creeper (Campsis radicans) provides a shady dining area with views over the previously existing infinity-edge lap pool to the ocean beyond. (Photo by Charles Mayer.)

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Dune Side Residence, East Hampton, New York
Edmund Hollander Landscape Architect Design, P.C, New York, New York

"Lovely integration into surrounding landscape and rich plant palette. The sequence of walkways lead visitors from special place to special place."

— 2006 Professional Awards Jury Comments

This project presented the extraordinary challenge of sensitively siting a series of built landscape elements into a native maritime landscape.  With an extremely constrained schedule for completion, the landscape architects did extensive site inventory to map micro-climatic variations and transitions as the upland shad forest morphed into the landward side of native dune vegetation and topography.    

Native clump shads (Amelanchier canadensis) were identified, protected and transplanted to allow for drives, walks and recreational facilities to be built within their habitat.  To enhance the uniqueness of the wind-sculpted shads, the landscape architect worked with the landscape contractors to clear the non-native understory plantings, replacing them with a perennial shade garden of native ferns, hostas, and astilbes.

Areas for dining and entertaining were designed to compliment the contemporary architecture, utilizing ipe decking with stainless steel detailing.  A series of stepped decks and terraces moved down and away from the house.  Sited precisely where the natural topography sloped away from the house, these areas provide a series of spaces that become less architectural as they approach the top of the dune field.

A carefully crafted series of decks and boardwalks was created to allow access to the beach through the native double dunes.  Native dune vegetation replaced invasive exotics which had taken hold to complete the restoration of these previously disturbed areas.


Project Resources

General Contractor:
Andreassen & Bulgin

Landscape Contractor: 
J&R Landscaping

Masonry Contractor: 
7 Sons Masonry

Irrigation Contractor:
Bruce Peterson

Fox Nahem Architects



Ipe stairs intersect stucco walls extending from the architecture of the house.  The first deck was located 48” below the house terrace to fit into the site topography. (Photo by Charles Mayer.)

The upper level deck, constructed of ipe with stainless steel railings is designed to allow views from the house above, while still providing a panoramic view of the double dune fields and ocean beyond.  Plantings included salt-tolerant grasses, perennials and hydrangeas. (Photo by Charles Mayer.)

A small lawn terrace bordered by gray-blue plantings of Nepeta ‘Dropmore,’ Perovskia atriplicifolia, Coreopsis ‘Moonbeam’ and grasses is bisected by slabs of native fieldstone.  The stepping stones connect the upper terrace with the ocean terrace leading down to the dune walk. (Photo by Charles Mayer.)

The stepped ipe walkway was designed to reflect the topographic variations between the primary and secondary dunes.  Native Bayberry (Myrica pennsylvanica), Beach Plum (Prunus maritima) and Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens) were planted in disturbed areas to re-establish the native double dune. (Photo by Charles Mayer.)

A cedar plank walk unrolls seasonally into the dunes amongst the native plantings of Beach Grass (Ammophila), Beach Plum (Prunus maritima), Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens), and Beach Rose (Rosa rugosa). (Photo by Charles Mayer.)

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