Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2015

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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64 Landscape Architect and Specifier News (Continued on page 66) LaSalle II (Continued from page 62) play boulder nearby. Connected to the boulder are composite deck wave climbers that simulate rolling clouds. While children hop on top of and across the wave climbers, they also provide nooks of respite below, and kids are often encountered playing games underneath them. The wave climbers also tie into the next story – One Thousand and One Nights – where a "Magic Carpet" bench recalls imagery from the story, and provides a platform for resting or climbing. The quote "My father used to say that stories are part of the most precious heritage of mankind" adorns the carpet in English and Arabic. Finally, facing the school is the series of three towers interconnected by bridges and monkey bars, with a custom windmill sign to represent Don Quixote. Small rubber hills within this area play up the scale of the towers, and utilize the surface as another play element within the space. Students are often seen playing an informal game, trying to reach from one end of the playground to the other without touching the blue rubber surfacing that depicts water or sky. The quote on the windmill, written in English and Spanish, reads: "… translation from one language to another … is like looking at Flemish tapestries from the wrong side, for although the figures are visible, they are covered by threads that obscure them, and cannot be seen with the smoothness and color of the right side." Above site design group, ltd. designed the playground with reading and creativity in mind. Images from the four stories were incorporated across the playground, bringing them to life through play. 10 12 11 10 4 9 8 6 5 2 7 3 1 1 GEONETRIX, LANDSCAPE STRUCTURES (LS) NET AND RUBBER MEMBRANE PLAY PIECE, WITH WINDMILL ATTACHMENT 2 MAGIC CARPET BENCH WITH TREE PIT AND PERSIAN PUG PATTERN (PATTERN TO BE DETERMINED) 3 HILLSCAPE, COMPOSITE (RECYCLED WOOD), TO MIMIC CLOUDS ON BOULDERS 4 BOULDER CLIMBING WITH NETSCAPE ATTACHMENTS, ACTUAL BOULDER AND FORMS TO BE DETERMINED 5 OPTION OF SIT-DOWN SPINNER OR STAND-UP SPINNER 6 EMBANKMENT SLIDE 7 VERTICAL SURFACES RETAINING RUBBER SURFACING BERMS FOR MOSAIC, ART, QUOTES, ETC. 8 'STALK' CLIMBERS, ONE AT THE TOP OF THE 'PLANET' MOUND TO BE A FLOWER 9 POD BOUNCERS, HAS GIVE SO THAT IT BOUNCES 10 OUTCROPPING BOULDERS FOR PLANTING AREAS 11 FOX STATUE (DESIGN TBD) 12 18"H SEATWALL (STANDARD SEATWALL HEIGHT) WITH MOSAIC, ART OR QUOTE OPPORTUNITIES

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