UKLA is proud to congratulate student Alex Kistler on placing 2nd in the "Design" category in the Oswald Research and Creativity Competition.

You can learn more about Alex's project,“The Woodlands, A Naturally Designed Residential Landscape” by viewing his project narrative and design.

The Woodlands, A Naturally Designed Residential Landscape

This residence is in Grogin’s Mill Village, the first neighborhood designed and built in The Woodlands, Texas. It was designed by renowned Landscape Architect, Ian McHarg, in the 1960s. The design for The Woodlands was inspired by his famous written work, “Design With Nature.” His concept of designing with nature encouraged the preservation of the natural landscape. Many of the existing trees found in The Woodlands were there before construction took place. The Woodlands also features natural water drainage systems that work with the landscape, rather than through underground sewer systems.

27 S Mossrock Rd. is a 10,000 sq foot plot. Within the property limits, there are 21 existing Loblolly Pine trees. The soil is a sandy, well-drained soil that has less than 5% slope. To maintain the overall concept of The Woodlands and its natural design, all the existing pine trees were preserved. The pine trees create a thick canopy creating shade over the entire property. For this design to work, only shade tolerant plants were used. The 18 different plants added were organized in such a way to create an experience that would otherwise be found in a natural wooded environment. Long sweeping curves are also used frequently throughout the property to create a natural design look. The overall design features a large entertainment patio and deck, secluded fire pit, meandering gravel paths, and a koi pond.

The overall goal of this design is to create a place where a sense of adventure, seclusion, and relaxation can be captured in a wooded environment. 

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