Terrigenous Landscape Architecture receives design award

CHESTER, Vt. – Terrigenous Landscape Architecture has recently been awarded a design award from the Vermont Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects as part of their annual award competition. Terrigenous received a merit award for the Alpaca Farm Residence project. The panel of jurors cited the award by saying, “Exquisite wall work with wonderful detailing. Whimsical in some ways.” One juror said, “A place I would like to visit.”

With the Alpaca Farm project, Terrigenous was presented with a difficult challenge – planning a landscape around a new house just feet from an existing house. The design allowed for an energy-efficient foundation, solar array, geothermal heating/cooling, as well as numerous amenities including gardens, a pool, an outdoor fireplace, terraces, paths, stairs, and more. Dry-laid stonework was inspired by knitting patterns to bind the residence with the surrounding alpaca farm, the source of knitting wool. A dry-laid retaining wave wall mimics the movement of water and creates the space for the pool. Inspired by nearby woodwork, a “Harlequin” wall takes on a playfulness and complementary geometry. A retaining wall comes to life with the addition of a recess allowing for firewood storage.

A five-person jury from Oregon granted only three awards in all. The winners were honored at a ceremonial dinner and presentation Friday, April 6 at Burlington City Arts. The Vermont ASLA awards program is managed under the Vermont Chapter of the American Society for Landscape Architects, a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization established in 2000. “The ASLA VT Chapter Awards highlight the impressive work by landscape architects across the state. The award presented to Terrigenous rewards the unique combination of design and craftsmanship that is evident in all of Scott’s work; really amazing,” says Adam Portz, ASLA VT chapter president.

Terrigenous develops sustainable, site-specific landscapes that are finely crafted to meet the needs of each client. The design/build firm has worked with over 200 clients on hundreds of projects over the last two decades, most of which are still in place and can be visited upon request. Scott Wunderle builds most of the work that he draws or oversees the construction. From time to time he also assists other design firms realize their efforts, when the projects are well conceived and require a heightened attention to detail. “Our mission is to bring utility to beauty, and beauty to utility,” says Wunderle. The firm celebrates its 20th anniversary in Chester, and looks forward to another year of creative and rewarding work.

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