Located on the edge of the Presidio in San Francisco, bordered by eucalyptus and Monterey cypress trees, this compact urban garden by SF-based Scott Lewis Landscape Architecture merges contemporary forms with arboreal plantings to create a seemingly unstudied outdoor sanctuary. In reality—of course—an enormous amount of thought went into the planning of this 25-foot-wide backyard living area (read about it at the American Society of Landscape Architects). Oh, did we mention that the project won an ASLA award in 2010?
Above: The rear of the classic shingled house opens onto a bluestone terrace.
Above: Steel doors open onto a deck area, which steps down to the bluestone terrace.
Above: The bluestone terrace leads to the ivy-covered art studio (a former garden shed).
Above: A pair of hoop chairs from Tongo provide seating.
Above: An aerial view of the bluestone terrace.
Above: An external iron grid envelops the artist's studio and provides a framework for an ivy cover.