Landscape Lighting Exhibition
Area G is located just behind and at the center of the residence. As a guest exits the back door and turns to face the back yard, s/he will be looking through Area G.
Area G has a number of elements to address:
- View from the interior of the residence
- Mature trees –walnut, lilac and maple
- Steps – wood, stone slabs, and slate slabs
- Area down lighting of North Berm, Central Berm and Rhododendron
- Yard art - obelisks
Down lights are already incorporated into the two black walnut trees as well as up lighting. More will be added to expand the down lighting of the North Berm, Central Berm and the Rhododendron catawabiense ‘Boursault’ to make a more even and cohesive look between Area G and Area F. The existing up lights are below grade luminaires positioned out in the lawn. These are primarily aimed at the walnut canopies. Looking out the first floor windows you can only see the trunks of the two Black Walnut trees, but the canopies are a spectacular view from outside as well as looking through the windows in the second story powder room, rear bedroom(s) and sleeping porch.
In addition to the walnut trees, there are two other trees that are essential to the composition: the Miss Kim Lilac and the Acer ginnala (Maple). The lilac tree is essential to the composition because it provides the opportunity to softly illuminate a smaller tree that is very full of branches, give fill light in an area dominated by the walnut trunk, and give more depth to the composition. The lilac’s spread fills the lower half of the dining room bay window so illuminating it will help fill in the area with light, act as a back drop for the Erte glass etching which is displayed in the dining room window opening, and lastly soften the walnut trunk. The Acer ginnala, located at the front side of the central forest area in Area 1.b. (outside of Area G), was selected very deliberately to ensure that the view from inside the house as well as within Area G had a primary focal point. It is a beautiful specimen plant about twenty feet tall with a multi-stemmed trunk and an open, “V-shaped” canopy spanning approximately fifteen feet at its widest point. It functions as not only a focal destination for guests moving through Area G, but it also
beckons as the gate keeper as you enter the forested trail heading to the design studios at the northwest side of the property. The Acer ginnala will be primarily up lit, but two down lights will be attached to the tree to cast a beautiful branch pattern on the ground as well as light the horizontal plain. The luminaires that will be incorporated into Area G to up light and down light selected trees will be from FX Luminaire connected to existing transformers located in the Daily Path area and the Long Border. For ease and proximity of wiring, several of Area G’s luminaires will be connected to a new transformer in Area F. For additional controllability and to include new technology, the FX Luminaire programmable Luxor Transformer will be incorporated into the lighting plan for the Acer ginnala so that each luminaire (LED) can be controlled individually.
Area G has three areas with steps that need to be illuminated to ensure safe passage between the residence and the back yard. The first of these three areas are the four wooden steps exiting the house at the back door. These steps are already illuminated from two down lights mounted on the house. These steps are particularly dangerous in the dark because they are dark in color, change direction 180o and there is no railing. Secondly, there are five dark stone steps between the two black walnut trees. The stone slabs are nestled between two very large taxus bushes at the base of the walnuts. These bushes are beloved by the owner because of the bird sanctuary they provide. Two small hanging luminaires from Vision3 Lighting will be mounted inside the taxus bushes to discreetly illuminate the steps and avoid all glare.
The obelisks (2) located in the long border will be illuminated using two small in-ground luminaire that will be installed by cutting holes in the bottom steel plate of each obelisk. This will allow for the interior of the art pieces to be illuminated as well as interesting silhouettes.
While all of the lighting in the various areas must work together to create a cohesive composition on the property, Area G contains one of the most frequently traveled paths since it runs between the living quarters and the owners’ design studios. The area has to be both aesthetically pleasing to look at as well as functional to walk through. It also contains primary views from the interior to the back yard from two high traffic areas of the residence: the kitchen/back porch and the dining room. The owners frequently have guests and the views from inside the home are just as important as the views from outside plus safe passage to and from their offices. Team G focused on creating pleasing views from both inside and out, creative ways to add visual interest in the landscape and most importantly proper illumination for safe passage between work and home.
Description and Planting
- Paul Welty
- Brooke Perrin
- Oscar Welch
- Jan Moyer
Pictures from Area G
Aiming and Installing