The founders of Laguardia Design Group bring far-flung inspiration to their award-winning landscape architecture firm.
The austere meadow setting for this home was inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s painting Christina’s World, and modeled after the luxury Amanyara resorts in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. The project was inspired by architect Luis Barragán’s Las Arboledas (The Groves) at Los Clubes in Mexico.
Who: LaGuardia Design Group is the largest landscape-architecture firm in Long Island. Founded in 1992 by partners Christopher LaGuardia, Ian Hanbach, and Daniel Thorp, the firm has been winning awards practically since its inception, most recently the 2016 NYASLA Award of Merit in Residential Design.
Inspiration: The partners’ travels have inspired much of LaGuardia’s clean and modern style. After a visit to the Moorish gardens and palaces of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, Christopher LaGuardia channeled the palace pools and canals in his treatment of Hamptons settings that, similarly, juxtaposed landscape and water. In response to visits to rolling farms in Alto Adige, Italy, Thorp created native meadows to replace flat lawns. For a new project in Montauk, the firm developed the swimming pool area “almost like a separate house,” says Hanbach. “The pavilion format with indoor-outdoor rooms was inspired by a recent visit to Amanyara, in Turks and Caicos.”
Wanderlust: “It is important to travel when young,” says Christopher LaGuardia, “because those travels will influence everything you do. Don’t wait until you are old to see the world.” But all three partners agree that you don’t need to go far to look for new perspectives. Paley Park and the High Line in Manhattan, or Storm King Art Center in Upstate New York, are original approaches to landscaping, all within a few hours of Long Island. LaGuardia Design Group, 860 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, 726-1403