Architectural designer and sculptor, Jackie Braitman, has created a sculptural dining pavilion at her own home to showcase the possibilities of marrying sculpture with landscape design in a modest residential setting. [Photography by Roger Foley.]
This installation creates an outdoor room that is at once dramatic and intimate – providing privacy from a very close neighbor without use of privacy fences or hedges. The powder-coated steel fins of the pergola – transparent from some angles — provide privacy from key sitting areas, inside and out. The graceful curves of the steel fins echo the exuberant planting scheme and the colors of its surrounding — including the purple-leaf plum directly overhead and the flagstone and acid-stained concrete below.
The custom dining table is an extension of the raised, rectangular, stone fish pond with a harmonizing 3-element crescent fountain. The dining table and patio furniture – around the corner at the back of the home – were designed and fabricated by Braitman and include curves at the top of each leg and in other elements that further echo the graceful lines of the sculptural elements. The table top is ultra-thin stone laminated to aluminum sign board. The table base is powder-coated steel. The lounge chairs and chaise are powder-coated steel with cushions of Sunbrella outdoor fabric. Ceiling fans in both the dining and sitting areas help keep mosquitos at bay.
The plan is a geometric insertion into an informal landscape. It uses the often-neglected, narrow side yard of a small lot to extend the indoor/outdoor connection. A Corten-steel retaining wall creates a narrow angled back patio connected to the raised pond and dining pavilion by a set of angled stairs to the yard and by a corner of the stone pond also clad in Corten Steel . The raised patio feels like a viewing platform for the private backyard plantings and sculpture garden.
The palette of is a cohesive assemblage of stone, Corten steel, powder-coated steel, acid-stained concrete and foliage plants.