Building out over the steep slope the hillside was reconstructed and broadened by over 15 feet at the top, providing an opportunity for an engaging and dramatic entry circle and the opportunity to use sculptures, water pots, diverse plantings, and surprises along with varied pathway niches. The entire entry drive now invites at every glace with luxuriant tropical plantings and art, alcoves and mystery, and peek-a-boo views of the ocean.
Hillside reconstruction initially utilized specifications engineered according to conventional textbook standards. The standards, however, were insufficient to create the level of compaction required for longevity and stability. Hendrikus Group developed a custom structural soil involving local aggregates and ingredients that provided extreme stability and yet the ability to grow roots as well.
Stone boulder outcroppings were used to retain the hillside and other areas of the site, and develop a textural and almost rhythmic expression of line. The tropical forest replanted in the hillside above a lawn-covered access road represents less than one year of amazing growth.
Custom dark stone lanterns dot the landscape and light the pathways in combination with colorful and contrasting tropical plants. Natural-shaped wood benches placed just back from the cliff edge allow for comfortable viewing of the ocean, shoreline, and sunsets.
Another major challenge on this project was to develop this site’s “resiliency” to unexpected weather and stormwater. We utilized our innovative system of non– point drainage buffers, living bioswales, and back bay bio-retention areas to successfully control and direct even the most torrential rains. Next Project >