Photo of Stone Garden project

Stone Garden

A 45-ton moss-covered stone is the focal point of this private courtyard garden in Northwest Portland. Glimpsed through the entry foyer, the surreal sculptural presence invites curiosity: Which came first, the house or the stone?

The garden is comprised of a low concrete wall which emerges from the ground to frame a crisp plane of groundcover and lush woodland planting. The drama of autumn leaves falling from the grove of Japanese maples onto the massive rock adds seasonal interest. Stone paving provides space for relaxing as well as connecting the residence to the adjacent art studio. Timber bamboo rises from a weathered steel planter to screen views of the adjacent rooftops.


Portland, Oregon




Works Partnership Architecture