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Feb 04


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The swimming pool, pavilion and walled garden of this project received an Acanthus Award from the Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. The awards program jury remarked on the balanced plant material selected by Toronto-based Landscape Architect, Virginia Burt, and her use of color against a mature backdrop. It also commented on its overall layout and the use of classical axial relationships that make this a truly pleasant environment. The jury appreciated the thoughtful focal points in the distance when viewed from both sides of the open-air pool pavilion.

The new pavilion addition, the brick garden walls and the perpendicular axial relationships of the landscape design merge to become unified with the older house and its surroundings.

Carrying the work inside, a rear stair that blocked connections between the kitchen and the new pool location was turned 90 degrees to allow a direct path between the two. The reconfigured stair also created a direct axial link to the large rooms of the basement which had been neglected and underused because of the sense of isolation. The new arrangement provides direct visual and spatial links among the swimming pool pavilion, kitchen and the new basement Rec Room.

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