HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY
Hoboken is a city built predominantly on a salt-water marsh. Flash flooding has plagued the city for decades, creating water management problems for both city officials and residents alike. The design strategy for the garden was to create a series of landscape terraces for contemplation and recreation that would also solve the client's pervasive flooding problems. The strategy also contributes to the larger citywide effort for residents to manage stormwater on site to mitigate stress on the city storm . This was carried out by the use of pervious landscape materials and the installation of two dry wells that capture and infiltrate water back into the ground. To make the space more habitable for entertainment, a fence that captures the interplay of light was erected around the perimeter of the site and fused with a stone bench serving as seating for the garden.