Member Spotlight – TERRIGENOUS Landscape Architecture
CHESTER VT – Terrigenous Landscape Architecture has recently been awarded a design award
from The Vermont Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) as part of their
annual award competition. Terrigenous received a “Merit Award,” for the Alpaca Farm Residence
project. The panel of jurors cited the award by saying, “Exquisite wall work with wonderful detailing.
Whimsical in some ways.” One juror said, “A place I would like to visit.”
With the Alpaca Farm project, Terrigenous was presented with a difficult challenge– planning a
landscape around a new house just feet from an existing house. The design allowed for an
energy-efficient foundation, solar array, geothermal heating/cooling, as well as numerous amenities
including gardens, a pool, an outdoor fireplace, terraces, paths, stairs, and more. Dry-laid stone work
was inspired by knitting patterns to bind the residence with the surrounding alpaca farm, the source of
knitting wool. A dry-laid retaining “wave wall” mimics the movement of water and creates the space for
the pool. Inspired by nearby woodwork, a “Harlequin” wall takes on a playfulness and complementary
geometry. A retaining wall comes to life with the addition of a recess allowing for firewood storage.
A five-person jury from Oregon granted only three awards in all. The winners were honored at a
ceremonial dinner and presentation on Friday, April 6th at Burlington City Arts. The Vermont ASLA
Awards Program is managed under the Vermont Chapter of the American Society for Landscape
Architects, a nonprofit 501(c)6 organization established in 2000. “The ASLA VT Chapter Awards highlight
the impressive work by landscape architects across the State. The award presented to Terrigenous
rewards the unique combination of design and craftsmanship that is evident in all of Scott’s work; really
amazing,” says Adam Portz, ASLA VT Chapter President.
Terrigenous developes sustainable, site-specific landscapes that are finely crafted to meet the
needs of each client. The design/build firm has worked with over 200 clients on hundreds of projects
over the last two decades, most of which are still in place and can be visited upon request. Principal
Scott Wunderle builds most of the work that he draws or oversees the construction. From time to time
he also assists other design firms realize their efforts, when the projects are well conceived and require
a heightened attention to detail. “Our mission is to bring utility to beauty, and beauty to utility,” says
Wunderle. The firm celebrates its 20th anniversary in Chester and looks forward to another year of
creative and rewarding work.
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