Landscape Architecture Bureau

Landscape Architecture Bureau

Washington, DC


Oliveros Residence

The Landscape Architecture Bureau’s challenge in this project was to integrate a large, new house and the site so that the owners’ lives could flow seamlessly from indoor to outdoor spaces.  This goal was complicated by a very steeply sloping site, its small size and the owners’ desire for a swimming pool that could not be seen from the public areas of the house. 

LAB worked closely with the owners and the architects to create a series of terraces and a lap pool that draws the architectural gestures of the house into the landscape.  The long walls serve not only to enable the garden’s terraces and pool to be built on the site but, just as importantly, to link the building’s materials to the landscape, to direct views into the woods beyond, to protect views of the pool from the house and to provide an intimate environment for quiet swims or small gatherings on the pool terrace.

This project has received merit awards from both the Maryland & Potomac Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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Status: Built
Location: Washington, DC, US