Landscape Architect & Specifier News

OCT 2016

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October 2016 119 Allure, Charlotte, North Carolina Above: Allure is a luxury apartment community located in the SouthPark neighborhood of Charlotte. The landscape architects at Niles Bolton Associates created a resort-like setting for the amenity spaces which included the design of the pool, along with four courtyards, each with a different theme for lounging, socializing, contemplation, and al fresco dining. Contrasting cast stone pavers in combination with wood tile pavers were patterned to impart a unique feel for each area, while keeping visual connectivity with a consistent palette of finishes. Distinctive accents including masonry planters, water features, and ornamental planting further punctuate and define each space. PHOTO: FRED GERLICH UH Midtown, Atlanta, Georgia Middle, Right: Creating an upscale, urban and affordable living environment for Georgia Tech students was the challenge set forth in this project. The design approach was to develop synergy between exterior vernacular, landscape and interior design - where public spaces, inside or outside, felt integrated. The design takes full advantage of the project's urban location, capitalizes on skyline views, maximizes indoor/outdoor access, and accentuates architectural features. A grand stair activates the street and provides direct access to retail. The resort-style pool sits atop a three-story parking deck, creating an elevated courtyard that is outfitted with a 12-foot Jumbo- Tron and multipurpose lawns for outdoor activities and socializing. PHOTO: SCOTT MOORE Woodlands, San Marcos, Texas Bottom, Right: The San Marcos River is a large part of the student culture at Texas State University, so the design team drew from the natural landscape and the river itself in designing the amenities and clubhouse. The overall site, including swimming pool, outdoor fitness area, seating areas, activity pavilion, and sport courts were planned to accentuate the large vista toward the river and included leisure walking paths for river access as well as specialty water quality planting for sensitive areas. Materials that felt native and natural were incorporated, and the pool design itself is linear to mimic the flow of the river. PHOTO: ROB ORIHUELA

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