The Landscape Architecture of Turtle Creek Water Works, by Oberlander Prize Laureate Julie Bargmann



An abandoned historic pump house with large reservoirs that once supplied the neighborhood’s water became a deconstructed residential garden through the recycling of material found throughout the entire site. It is a transformation of the industrial into the artistic, incorporating original mechanical equipment, gears, and valves, as well as elements of sustainable design, and the strategic use of water. The design process was one of restraint with each decision being, as the client requested, “light on the site.” The reuse of the original building materials and the inclusion of native plant materials define the work at this hybrid site that is both a private residence and an arts center. Learn more: https://tclf.org/prize.

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