The brief was to transform a vacant block into a private and versatile family garden. The key element of the design is the path that begins outside the sun room and encircles the garden, to be used as a child’s running, walking or riding path. It crosses a timber bridge over a densely planted dry river bed, which is viewed across the garden from the house. The synthetic lawn is a hardy surface and caters for games, picnics or outdoor entertaining as an extension of the home.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum announced recently that Michael Van Valkenburgh has been commissioned to redesign its Monks Garden, the cloistered garden adjacent to the historic building
and connected to the exterior gardens which surround the Museum’s new wing designed by Renzo Piano.