HALL Street, Brooklyn

BACKGROUND: A raw concrete backyard in a Clinton Hill townhouse was in desperate need for a build out to complement 20 ft bamboo planted in a neighbor’s yard and hanging over the garden and the client’s desire for a formal yet wild garden.

UTILITY: Utilizing the traditional Japanese Shou Sugi Ban technique of wood burning, we selected the carbonization of Canadian red cedar for a fence and pergola to increase the lifespan of the wood. Concrete cut outs reduce the cost of planters and provide a permeable surface to manage heavy rainstorms.

AMENITY: The blackened wood pairs well with the neighbor’s bamboo and a planting of woodland perennials with some specimen ornamental smokebushes (Cotinus coggygria) provide the balance between a formal and wild style.