Battery Kemble Overlook

Congratulations to Campion Hruby Landscape Architects on their Merit Award for Residential Design for Battery Kemble Overlook in Washington, DC.

The overgrown lot overlooking Battery Kemble Park was home to a crumbling 1970s contemporary house. Our clients sought to construct a modern house and landscape that would embrace the view of the wooded park below and provide privacy from the houses above.

The program includes a forecourt for vehicles, a swimming pool, a sequence of terraces, and an outdoor living area that includes a grill and a fire pit. An existing switchback driveway was utilized to bring vehicles up to the forecourt. Pedestrians are delivered to the forecourt by a stone staircase that traverses the slope, ascending 25 feet from the road below.

The pool was positioned to overlook the park, while yielding a private destination slightly detached from the house. A masonry wall at the north end of the pool provides screening from the neighbors, hides pool equipment, and serves as a backdrop for an intimate sitting area with a fire pit.

Lawn terraces with perennial borders connect the lower west facing basement exit to the pool garden. The complex sequence of spaces required a series of retaining walls that were made seamless with the architecture. Naturalistic plantings connect the gardens to the distant landscape.