Nestled in McLean, Virginia, exists an estate which is modeled after a French Chateau. PLUSEN took advantage of the site’s dramatic elevation change to create a user experience which focuses on passive recreation for the residents, as well as the hosting of large scale events. The grounds are capable of transporting guests to another time and place in the formal garden setting, not unlike the villas of Europe. The proposed colonnade will offer views stretching the full property from the great lawn to the resort area, having numerous outdoor rooms along the way for garden party guests to wander. While inspired by traditional garden design, this dynamic property is a modern retreat intended to be peaceful, livable, and stunning. It is the perfect setting for today’s lifestyle and entertaining. Elements of the design include the use of authentic, imported materials in the landscape, grand overlook terraces to admire the great lawn and parterre gardens, and an emphasis on structure and architecture in the landscape.