Meet the Team that Designed This Lavish Outdoor Living Space
Curated with precision, the infinity pool and two-story cabana are extraordinary.
The soul of this property lay in an old stone fence, a remnant of a dairy farm paddock from the turn of the last century. The demarcation became an axis in an exhilarating outdoor plan that pays homage to history while showcasing nature’s bold extravagance. Landscape architect Eric Groft of Oehme, van Sweden & Associates joined architect Carol Kurth and interior designer Laura Bohn in matching the magnificence of the three-story, 15,000-square-foot main house.
Part cultivated, part wild, the outdoor rooms, like the interlocking volumes of zinc, stucco and kiln-dried ash of the principal residence, summon the elements of earth, air, water and fire. A Roxbury granite wall—evocative of the one on the dairy farm and fitted with fountains—defines the length of the bright-aqua swimming pool; firebowls are tucked between boulders and perched on stone slabs; the glass wall beneath the infinite edge grants an aquarium-like view of underwater frolicking; an expansive terrace accommodates the clients’ very serious tango-dancing vocation; and a two-story cabana offers unobstructed views of the pool and property.
“Architecture is a backdrop for living,” says Kurth, who adds that the installation fully aligns with the global vision for the five-acre project. “I’m proud of the integration of form and nature, the synergy of built and natural.” Variations on the swimming-pool blue show up inside the lavish cabana where Bohn supplemented her trademark grays with colorful accent pillows, a biscuit-tufted sofa, large-format art and sleek barstools. To bring the ceiling down to human scale, she hung a whimsical mobile of illuminated clouds. “The property has all the bells and whistles. You don’t need to leave,” says Bohn. “Ever.”
The print version of this article appears with the headline: The Rear View.
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