The German Ambassador was kind to give permission for these photographs. This area is restricted to guests with official appointments. The boulevard entrance has been designed with a beautiful curved section of reinforced grass for guest parking. The curve is enhanced with hedges as car stops, making it look like a garden instead of a parking lot. Another rectangular parking lot, surrounded by high hedges, doubles as a private side yard adjacent to the kitchen entrance so that catering vehicles can be hidden from guest view. This is a very clever design. There is plenty of room for valet parking also. The narrow entry is restricted by hedges causing cars to drive over the same spot each time. It would have been better to widen the entry a little bit for more driving options or apply hard surface until inside the hedges. When the photos were taken there had been two months without rain. Also, humate fertilizer with micronutrients was sent to the Ambassador for maintenance. Keep in mind that grass is being grown as a top wearing course to porous pavement with a rather sterile growing medium of sandy gravel. Since there cannot be any nutrient rich soils in the cross section, it is necessary to feed the grass a full balanced diet, including micronutrients.
1800 Foxhall Road, NW, Washington, DC 20007
675 m2 (7265 sq ft)
Architectural Hardscapes Unlimited, 69 Franklin Street, Washington, DC 20401, contact, Karen at 800-334-6078
Rectangular valet parking area is also private side yard and access for service vehicles.
Curved parking area on south end of boulevard entrance near residence front door
Curved parking area with hedges looks like a garden.