Shiftspace was approached to design a backyard oasis in a dense urban area. The program included a saltwater wading pool, lounge area with a firepit, dining area, and an outdoor shower area. A minimal material palette meant that every detail was highly considered.

The backyard was framed by a custom cedar fence with welded “T” posts and hidden fasteners. Other design features included cast-in-place concrete stormwater planters, a hanging bench, and corten screening elements around the property for both privacy and to minimize visual noise.

Project Credits

Year: 2013
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Project Lead: Mario Gentile
Project Team: Tim Barnes, Connor White, Mike Cucinotta
Photography: Tim Barnes