Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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Southwestern Energy Water Wall Landscape Architecture by Clark Condon PHOTOS: SOUTHWESTERN ENERGY (EXCEPT AS NOTED) The Springwoods Community, located just north of Houston, Texas, was designed with the principles of nature, native, and sustainable. When Southwestern Energy selected their corporate headquarters site in the Springwoods forest, they fully embraced the design identity of the community. Those principles and guidelines set the stage for Clark Condon's work as the landscape architect for the headquarters, including two water walls. In collaboration with the client, Clark Condon developed a mission for the design that would allow outside experiences to complement the interiors. Additionally, the exterior spaces would invite the employees to explore the campus and enjoy nature. The property was mostly wooded with a mixture of second growth pines, hardwoods and native understory. The landscape architect worked with the team on the building location to maximize tree preservation. The design enhanced existing natural areas, and added acres of trees, native grasses and wildflowers. Less than two acres of the 26-acre site consist of manicured lawn, which spills out from the dining and conference areas to allow for outdoor events, sports and lawn games. The water feature is the single largest amenity for the project. It was designed to create a comfortable and welcoming outdoor space for employees and visitors. The two 54' long, 13.5' high, tapered water walls are located outside the dining room. The water feature has three primary roles – cooling the immediate area, masking noise from the adjacent freeway, and providing a dramatic aesthetic element to the campus. A third wall of the same scale was added adjacent to the water wall to extend the dramatic creation of an outdoor room for dining and events. The wall batter is nine degrees, and approximately one and a half inches of water come over the weir to create a significant 58 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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