Roche + Roche Landscape Architecture

Roche + Roche Landscape Architecture

Services:

  • Landscape

Regions:

  • San Francisco & Bay Area

Roche + Roche Landscape Architecture, Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley | Remodelista

Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, Yountville, California. Photo: Carter Dow.

 

Roche+Roche projects are typically located in northern California, with an emphasis in Sonoma and Napa Counties. The work mix typically includes residential estate, winery, hospitality and resort projects. 

Areas of interest and expertise include:

Innovative use of common materials, reclaimed/recycled, native, and natural materials. 

Superior understanding of and execution of site layout, grading, and construction detailing. 

Sourcing and procurement of highest quality plant material, specimen material, and new introductions. 

'Quiet' plant combinations that support the architecture and delight the senses throughout the year. 

Native plantings, native meadows, wildlands interface, organic and biodynamic gardens.

We view each project as the unique intersection of client/user, program, site, and architectural style, so no two projects are the same. We are experienced in working in many landscape styles, and around many architectural styles, though our design approach tends to lean toward clean, simple, often geometric lines in the built or 'hardscape', with the planted landscape providing a softer, more organic counterpoint. 

Our goal is to establish our reputation through positive referrals and recognition by our peers and the press, based on excellence in design, documentation and service.

Roche + Roche Landscape Architecture, Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley | Remodelista

Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, Yountville, California. Photo: Linda Garvey.

At Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley the outdoor gardens are designed to display a highly edited rotating collection of architectural remnants, furnishings  and contemporary sculpture, while providing intimate seating areas for couples and small groups to taste limited production boutique wines. 

Much of the garden was covered in compacted decomposed granite to allow for flexibility of use and circulation, with function areas gently separated by plantings.  Inset bands of bluestone were used to highlight two important axes, as well as the stone fire pit, built of stone salvaged from the historic building.

Layers of evergreen Holly Oaks, and Carolina Cherry Laurel, Yeddo Hawthorn and Dwarf Olive comprise the contemporary hedges that provide privacy and enclosure, while Red Maples, Viburnums, Boston Ivy, Mediterranean perennials and ornamental grasses offer movement and seasonal color.  To complete the setting, four majestic 90-year-old field-dug olive trees were planted to frame the 36-foot long communal redwood slab table.

Roche + Roche Landscape Architecture, Orchard House, Bennett Valley, CA | Remodelista

Orchard House, Bennett Valley, California. Photo: Rebecca Gosselin.

This guesthouse and garden occupy a reconstructed knoll set amid 17 acres of biodynamically farmed vineyard in Sonoma County’s Bennett Valley.

The original windmill was restored, and a round cedar hot tub reminiscent of a ranch water tank complete with antique hand pump, nestles into the veranda outside the bedrooms.

Native Sonoma fieldstone cleared from the vineyards on site was used for rustic pathway steps and walls at the fire pit terrace, where a recreated root cellar provides storage.  The custom steel and board-formed concrete fire pit and seat wall invite guests to sit and enjoy incredible sunset views across the vineyard.

In a nod to the property’s former life as a production apple orchard, a grove of specimen apple trees, figs, and persimmons were reintroduced.  Elsewhere, an insectary garden of native shrubs, perennials and grasses was introduced to attract beneficial insects and birds to the garden and vineyard.

Roche + Roche Landscape Architecture, Orchard House, Bennett Valley, CA | Remodelista

Orchard House, Bennett Valley, California. Photo: Rebecca Gosselin.

Roche + Roche Landscape Architecture, Contemporary Compound, Healdsburg, CA | Remodelista

Contemporary Compound, Healdsburg, California. Photo: Marion Brenner

Set on a ridgeline, this contemporary rural compound commands forest, vineyard and valley views.  The landscape winds between and around the main residence, guest ‘bunkhouse’, and garage/workshop/potting shed. 

Passing through the entry breezeway, guests arrive at the crushed gravel auto court and a small terrace with a board-formed concrete water feature and dwarf citrus trees.  To one side is another breezeway through the bunkhouse to the pool area.  To the other is the bocce court, flanked by an allee of Zelkova trees.      

The swimming pool sits in a courtyard framed by the main residence and the bunkhouse, with a shade arbor at one end, and a gas fire pit that converts to a serving table at the other.  Protected seating areas and plantings outside the master wing and the bunkhouse flank the pool deck.  Through a rolling gate, the private master garden, features an outdoor shower and a raised spa.

Roche + Roche Landscape Architecture, Contemporary Compound, Healdsburg, CA | Remodelista

Contemporary Compound, Healdsburg, California. Photo: Marion Brenner.

Roche + Roche Landscape Architecture, Contemporary Ranch House, Calistoga, CA | Remodelista

Contemporary Ranch House, Calistoga, California. Photo: Eileen Marie Roche.

Approximately half of this seven acre site north of Calistoga is oak and fir woodland.  The residence, with rural vernacular exterior finishes that include board-formed concrete, cedar siding, and overhead trellises, sits at the base of a small slope. The open landscape plan and pool area takes advantage of views to the neighboring horse farm, and the wooded Calistoga hills beyond.

The guest unit sits in a wooded setting at the opposite side of the property, with a small pond and a meeting place under a large oak with a serpentine seat wall, a fire pit and a small dock between. 

We are now working with the new owners of the property to add a new entry gate, screening along the road frontage, a bocce court, a play lawn, and a system of walking and biking pathways throughout the property.

Roche + Roche Landscape Architecture, Contemporary Ranch House, Calistoga, CA | Remodelista

Contemporary Ranch House, Calistoga, California. Photo: Eileen Marie Roche.

Roche + Roche Landscape Architecture, St. Helena Sanctuary, St. Helena, CA | Remodelista

St. Helena Sanctuary, St. Helena, California. Photo: Marion Brenner.

This historic residence on a small flag lot in St. Helena was remodeled and expanded, with exterior finishes that included board-formed concrete, native stone, rusted steel and rustic wood elements.
Local ordinances would not allow continuous privacy fences or walls, so a family of discrete stone and concrete elements were set in front of a green wall of sheared Holly Oak at the property line.

The main garden, under the canopies of two mature Valley Oaks, is primarily a ‘dry garden’, with specimen olives and spare perennial plantings emerging from crushed gravel.  The outdoor fireplace and spa utilize the board-formed concrete and stone of the house, with custom steel elements.  A folly gate with stone columns frames a borrowed view of the neighbor’s orchard through the perimeter hedge.

In the shady breakfast garden, Japanese Maples and Oak-leaf Hydrangeas frame a stone terrace with a recirculating water feature.

Roche + Roche, St. Helena Sanctuary, St. Helena, CA | Remodelista

St. Helena Sanctuary. St. Helena, California. Photo: Marion Brenner.

 

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