Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 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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Below: Illuminant security bollards and festive bulb lights (California Accent Lighting) help demarcate this area of the street as a separate zone and provide safety at night. The flush curbs, bollards and continuity of paving bands allow the street to transform from roadway to entertainment center. 64 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The "West of Chestnut" apartment buildings that flank the project are located next to the historic office building of the Granite Trust Company. Trying to be respectful of the Granite Trust building and the downtown city environment, the West of Chestnut project turned its focus inward and began development of a new pedestrian corridor named "Chestnut Way." The lead architectural firm for the project, Landworks Studio of Boston, made many explorations into blurring the bounds between public and private interests and looked into a mechanism for establishing more integrated and dynamic urban spaces. To do this, buildings establish the block's perimeter, while Chestnut Way allows an urban connection that enlivens the center of the block. Right: This courtyard provides opportunity for all sorts of interactions like: gaming, eating and socializing, all of which can take place in close proximity to the double-sided fireplace. The 800-square-foot section of artificial turf provides opportunity for sunbathers, and contrasts the corten steel planters and wood screen wall located close by. "West of Chestnut" is an apartment complex that provides studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments for rent in Quincy, Mass. The 169-unit complex is located in the vibrant neighborhood of downtown Quincy, with shopping, dining and public transportation nearby. It is the first phase of the downtown Quincy transformative redevelopment that the city is undergoing – a project that is estimated to cost nearly a quarter of a billion dollars.

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