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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66 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The winding corten steel tree grates (Iron Age) integrate with the pavers to provide generous width for pedestrian use of the sidewalk. The tree grates meander down the sidewalk, with the slot pattern continuing the paving pattern. Street trees and large, multi-stemmed shrubs were planted in the corten steel planters (Planterworx Inc.) to provide shade. The angular planters form interesting routes through the plaza and help make the residence's main entry more private. The warm color of the corten steel planters also helps to complement the building's exterior. A new parkette, situated right off Chestnut Way, was also incorporated into the project. The small 1,600-square-foot public park is filled with trees, bike racks (Streetlife) and benches (Streetlife in Solitude model) and creates a welcome respite for the downtown shopper. Furthermore, this pocket park provides a wonderful opportunity for local office workers to sit and eat during warmer weather, or for nearby residents to simply enjoy the outdoors. The tree canopy and wood screen wall help to enclose the parkette from the rest of Chestnut Way, and visitor parking is nestled nearby. Another new section of Chestnut Way is a 2,600-square- foot courtyard that is located immediately adjacent to the apartment building's lobby and the Club Room. Here, doorways open to allow indoor / outdoor yoga classes, mixers and general lounging. A double-sided fireplace shares the west wall of the courtyard, while a fire pit provides a second opportunity for three season gatherings. An outdoor kitchen, with accessible food preparation counters and barbeques, fronts the south wall of the courtyard. The entire courtyard is sided by panels of wood (Parker composite panels of reclaimed wood by Wonderwall Studios) that add interesting texture to the enclosure.

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