Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2018

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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54 Landscape Architect and Specifier News sweltering summers, this fountain was immediately and heartily welcomed by residents of the community and beyond. It's become a day-trip destination that's very popular with families and children of all ages. The North Fountain is completely different in form and intended use. It is located in a plaza adjacent to the landmark UNC Charlotte Center City Building, which houses the school's College of Arts + Architecture, among other programs, and which was developed in conjunction with the park for the purpose of "bringing the University's considerable intellectual resources to the heart of Charlotte." As a complement to the children's sprayground, the purpose of the north fountain is to create a relaxing setting. It is meant to visually engage, to prioritize the enjoyment of the sculptural elements and provide a restful experience within the greater setting. A noteworthy piece of public art installed near the north fountain furthers these aesthetic goals. Ainsa III, by celebrated artist Jaume Plenza, is a 12'- tall, seated human figure composed of metal letters from nine different alphabets and representing an ephemeral humanity of cultures from across the globe. From this globally focused sculpture in the plaza, the arbor surrounding the North Fountain opens to frame views of the city beyond the park, welcoming the world to downtown Charlotte. Team List: Master Developer: Levine Properties Development Managers: Jones Lang Lasalle La ndscape Architect and Park Designer: Shadley Associates P.C. Fountain Engineer: Delta Fountains Ci vil Engineer and Landscape Architect of Record: Colejenest & Stone Park Building Architects: LS3P Associates, Ltd. Park Contractors: Rodgers Builders Top: As a counterpoint to the surrounding urban grid, the Park has gently flowing forms and the materials and features make it a decidedly contemporary place. The park is encircled by nearly a quarter mile of walking paths that wind through a variety of park spaces. 8th Street was narrowed, its asphalt replaced with pavers and its new alignment forming a curved path that is integrated with the park's naturalistic forms. Bottom: First Ward Park replaced five acres of surface parking. By trading surface parking with an attractive, cool and green new park, First Ward Park creates newfound economic and cultural energy. BEFORE

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