Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 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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the Home Depot's market sector. Benches in the corridors are designed to look like stacked wood. The surroundings of every classroom feel constructed, showing the children the materials, methods and fasteners used to construct the edifice. In view of the main lobby is the workshop space, a place where children can create projects for display. The concept behind the playground spaces was to create the spirit of a child's backyard and to allow landforms to dominate the space, allowing a child's imagination to run free. The design is devoid of traditional play structures, and instead focuses on the use of land berms as spatial dividers. Musical instruments, gardening areas and project tables allow the spaces to be used as education spaces as well as recreational spaces. In turn, giving the children a richer learning environment and a more natural experience. Through innovative and creative landscape architectural practices, the design team was able to create outdoor spaces that provide a dynamic and unique experience for children through the basic principles of "free play." Free play is unstructured, voluntary, child-initiated activity that allows children to develop their imaginations while exploring and experiencing the world around them. Experts say that this form of spontaneous play is naturally derived from a child's innate curiosity, love of discovery and enthusiasm. The project demonstrates the design team's capacity to successfully integrate program requirements and re-imagine existing visual, spatial, and ecological characteristics of Above: This spray park is intended for preschool aged students and was designed, constructed and installed by Hobbs Architectural Fountains, also based in Atlanta. It features two stainless steel 'Curved Rainy Daisy' fountains that stand 10' tall and have a spray zone of 15' in circumference. They each release 10 gallons of water per minute. A porous thermoplastic aliphatic rubber, installed at 3/8" thickness, called Aquaflex provides a softer, safer ground. A water hand pump is also on the property. June 2018 31

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