Design, design, design. Here at Lemon|Brooke, design is king, or queen depending on whom you speak to. Landscape doesn't do trendy very well. It takes too long. Rather, the design that we are obsessed with is functional elegance, design that just works and has the capability to inspire. And because landscape as a medium is so diverse, we strive to avoid compartmentalizing ecology, aesthetics, program and site as we think through a project. Our approach is contemporary in that it does not start from a form-based strategy or imported geometry, instead we allow the site characteristics and the unique circumstances of the project drive the aesthetic direction. Individual climates, geographies and clients are what make projects the most interesting. We bring to the table our professional experience, our personal histories, knowledge of current practice in both landscape and in architecture, and a discriminating eye for color, proportion and form.
The orchestration of all of this – the site, the client, the idea, the construction schedule, the weather, the local planning board, the budget, and sometimes the endangered species or two – is not always a tidy operation. It can and does get messy. We believe messy is good for some part of the design process as it elicits ideas and associations that would have been hard to come by otherwise. Bumps in the road are useful challenges to assumptions already made and are opportunities to confirm direction or change course. We like tidy but are not afraid of messy.
Professionally there are two ends of the design spectrum, at one extreme is the ideological practice that has lots of ideas and doesn't build very much, and at the other end of the spectrum is the practice that builds everything and uses rubber-stamp solutions from project to project. In the middle is what we like to think is a thoughtful, detail rich, site-specific, human scale territory. Our work is positioned in this middle. By integrating contemporary ideas, addressing each project on its own unique merits, and practicing with the aim of constructing landscape spaces that enhance human experience, our work covers a variety of project typologies in the built environment.