Landscape Design

Landscape Design

The landscape strategy of SHADE is designed to act as an interpretive garden to help educate the public about the diversity, flexibility, and the beauty of desert environments. To have an efficiently designed and usable landscape the site is required to be socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable. To fulfill these requirements, the plant materials were carefully selected to depict the variety of flora that are native to the Sonoran and Chihuahuan desert, which are predominantly xeric, so that the water use on site is minimized. A hummingbird and butterfly garden is included within the landscape to invite fauna that help pollinate and shape a complete ecosystem. The built systems also use living technologies as part of a sustainable infrastructure to help cool the house through passive solar gain and shading. An example of this technology is a custom green screen that is fitted to the West and South facades of the structure. These strategies inspire the relationship of indoor-outdoor living spaces that encourage flexibility and comfort. The landscape will be irrigated using a gravity fed hose through the use of a rainwater HOG attached to both modules of the home. Rainwater is collected during the rainy seasons of the year and distributed appropriately on a weekly basis. The process of watering the landscape allows the home owner to engage and understand the biodiversity within their garden while also maintaining it. The role of the landscape is to enhance other systems to be more sustainable, aesthetically pleasing, and to mitigate energy consumption, which in turn permits the landscape to serve a vital function to the home.