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Residential Design: Cincinnati, Ohio
This is an unbuilt design project, undertaken for the practice of studying design at the residential scale.
Climactic Conditions: Cincinnati Ohio
With an average yearly temperature of 54.65°(F), Cincinnati has a April 13-October 23 growing season and is located in a cool temperate moist forest. (1).
Planting Zone 6b
Low Temp: -5 to 0°(F)
Sunny Days: 176
Average Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Climate Chart Cincinnati Ohio
Data From © WeatherSpark.com
Existing Conditions: Poor drainage along the front of the lawn, Poor drainage around the back area of the lawn, Window pits along back of house potentially hazardous. Exposed views to neighbors on North, South and West sides Large hedge in front yard blocks views.
Opportunities: Improve site line along the front of the house, take advantage of strong horizontality along the front of the house, consider bios-wale and intorudction of ecological infrastructures and provision of pollinator habitats. Regrade lawn. Integrate circulation with drifts of plants. Utilize plants to provide privacy at neighbors' viewline. Enhance views and sitelines, add program for grand children as requested by client.
Concept Statement: The design seeks to resolve the programmatic and technical issues with an introduction of landscape elements which both create desired program and enhance atmospheric dimensions of the space. The design employs the design concept of modernistic naturalism (1), eveloping the space with drifts of grasses.
Study sketches explored forms, materials, and ideas, considering art historical periods to influence various typologies of space.
Edge delineating lawn from forested area, weaving path.
Geometric Naturalistic Sketch
Chosen Form: Brick Edge, delineating lawn from forested area.
Selection of plants appropriate for each area within the residence, providing a mix of structural woody plants, herbaceceous and perennials. Selection made takes note of bloom time in order to maximize ecosystem functionality throughout the season.
Along the back and side.
1. Dunnett, Nigel. Naturalistic planting design: the essential guide. Filbert Press, 2019.