High Performance Landscapes

Private Residence, Dallas, Texas

Designed as five glass pavilions by Thomas Phifer of New York, this proposed residence would feature the client’s collection of contemporary painting and set up a kind of live/work relationship with the original residence by Richard Meier next door. In opposition to the expansive landscape of the original house, the Phifer pavilions would be subsumed in shifting orchards of trees and shade. The arrangements are carefully studied to produce painterly like spatial effects between building and landscape. The ground plane is proposed as systematic layers of understory forbs and sedges.