James Rose, influenced by frequent trips to Japan and his practice of Zen Buddhism, believed landscapes could be functional and aesthetic, as well as used for meditation and reflection. Most work by Rose can be found in small, private gardens, where he was known to continue maintenance long after completion of the projects. His manipulation of natural materials such as gravel, flagstones and shrubs shows incredible detail in ground-plane texture.
Rose designed his residence to emphasize the importance of the landscape to all architectural structures. In reference to his home, he is quoted as saying, "The landscape is of the house instead of attached to it, and the space is one." (Rogers 2001)
Keywords: United States, New Jersey, Bergen County, residential structures/housing. Submitted by Penny McDowell.