The landscape design of The Glass House on Point Loma by Grounded Modern Landscape Architecture was recently showcased locally in San Diego Magazine and nationally in Dwell.
According to Rich Risner, Principal Landscape Architect, the original landscape was a mashup of plant materials planted by numerous landscape contractors over the decades. Nothing matched the architectural style. Nothing was consistent. The original outdoor space had such potential for indoor/outdoor living, yet it was never utilized.
“What I did was basically remove all the clutter, plan outdoor-use areas that were complimentary to the adjoining indoor spaces and capture the amazing views that were once lost.”
Designing the Lautner edge pool and raised spa was the biggest challenge since that area was previously a large unconsolidated fill-slope to the street below. Engineered soils and huge retaining walls made it possible not only to create the vanishing-edge pool but also made it possible for every interior space to orientate its view outward to capture the living painting of San Diego’s skyline, while creating privacy and screening undesirable streets and rooftops below.