Landscape Architect & Specifier News

OCT 2016

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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114 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Surface 678 Durham, North Carolina North Carolina Museum of Art Raleigh, North Carolina One of the state's top cultural destinations, the North Carolina Museum of Art is host to over 700,000 visitors annually. Surface 678 designed the plaza and surrounding sites that encourage outdoor activity and interaction with art, nature and architecture. A new style entry plaza serves as a social gathering space and vehicular drop off. Minimalistic yet finely crafted courtyards provide quiet spaces for the enjoyment of sculpture, the most prominent of which houses the museum's internationally significant Rodin collection. A trio of linear reflecting pools provides visual continuity, linking exterior entrance spaces, interior lobbies and outdoor sculpture courtyards. Rainwater is filtered in bioretention cells and stored in an underground cistern, providing recycled water for the pools and irrigation system. Founded in 1993, Lappas + Havener was renamed Surface 678 in 2013 to reflect the broader values of the now 20-person landscape architecture practice. The new name derives from the medium in which they express design, which is the firm's focus. Their designs begin with a generative idea that shapes the foundation of the concept and creates an organizational structure that expresses itself in the design. Idea and expression create the sense of place and relevance of their work. The result is distinctive and sustainable places that satisfy residents, attract visitors, enrich working lives and encourage communities to take full advantage of their place. V i e w m o r e f i r m p h o t o s - 2 8 7 3 5 i e w V i e w m o r e f i r m p h o t o s - 2 8 7 3 5 m o r e f i r m p h o t o s - 2 8 7 3 5

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