Gracious approach

Lauren Bonar Swezey

Oakland, CA. Driveways are challenging features to integrate into a landscape. That's why the jurors were impressed with this project in which Mathew Henning, Heather Anderson, and Rose Keane turned an unappealing asphalt entryway into an elegant approach.

In keeping with the contemporary style of the home, the designers overlapped granite, stained concrete, and multihued gravels for textural interest. A strip of white concrete works as a drainage channel. The stained concrete pad directs visitors to the front door. The retaining wall is wrapped in welded wire mesh and covered with morning glory. Three gingkos rise at the end of the driveway.

DESIGN: Henning-Anderson, Oakland, CA (510/531-3095)