We are honored to announce that Word + Carr Design Group has received the 2018 Award of Excellence in Residential Design for its work on the Balcones Residence in Austin, Texas. The award, given by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), recognizes one winner among hundreds of national and international entries in five categories including best of landscape architecture in general design, analysis and planning, communications, research, and residential design.
Project Overview | Situated on a rocky hillside overrun by bevy of existing invasive plants with little topsoil and twenty-five feet of grade change, the design intended to meet the owner’s request for a low-maintenance landscape that would restore beauty, ecological health and structure to the site. Today, the Balcones Residence garden offers visitors intimate natural moments organized around a series of negative spaces with expansive views to the broader landscape. A restrained material palette underscores the elegance of the architecture while highlighting the grandeur and simple beauty of the native Texas landscape.