This landscape jewel in a tiny, previously unused space between curving planes of house walls, once a forgotten space, has become a treasured outdoor room, abound with color, form, texture, art and nature. The garden showcases and celebrates desert morphology and the astoundingly beautiful genus that thrive in the harsh arid environment. The design balances the client’s desire to honor and respect the geometry of the original architecture designed by Will Bruder, whilst creating a contemporary courtyard that provides a place to retreat and relax, but is also viewed from within the residence as a living sculpture. Continue reading Hummingbird House | Paradise Valley USA | Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture
The renovated Burnaby Children Centre’s Daycare at Hanna Court playground provides an innovative, creative childcare play space for 3-5 year old. The design encourages children to use the entire space for play including: covered outdoor space for art and learning, a play “stream” and stick “forest” with native planting for contact with nature; formal play structure, and alphabet trike path to encourage play and motor skill development. SD worked with the client and the City of Burnaby to address a number of site engineering and security issues that existed prior to the redesign. SD provided design, neighbourhood consultation, permitting and approvals with City, and contract administration services. Continue reading BCCS Daycare at Hanna Court | Burnaby, Canada | Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture
The Suneden Sensory Playspace is demonstrative of what can be achieved on a modest budget, when landscape architects re-imagine standard building material into amazing new play opportunities. Suneden Sensory Playspace is the result of the imagination and innovation WAX Design and the local community. Using a tiny budget and community support, WAX Design has created an amazing 200m2 playspace that excites, simulates and challenges the various abilities of the students at the school.
The unique and entertaining designs use a host of standard building and landscape material to create a series of outdoor rooms that incorporate explorative and sensory activities that help to improve student’s body awareness, problem solving, cognition, creativity, enhance their overall learning abilities and above all increase their happiness.
OKRA recently published a short video showing the construction work on the coast defence at Katwijk in the Netherlands. Alongside building the required coastal defence, the coast zone investments ensure that Katwijk remains a tourist destination and supporting the local economy of seaside towns. With the need to strengthen the Katwijk coast, care is taken to preserve the value of the existing town and, ultimately, how this can also be made stronger. Continue reading VIDEO | Coastal Work starts on Katwijk in the Netherlands | OKRA
The Tagus Linear Park is an area of 15 000 sq m that was conquered by the surrounding communities of the industrial private sector and was felt as a democratic intervention by those forever deprived of access to the River. For the first time, people of adjacent urban communities are given recreation and leisure opportunity in direct contact with the riverside, which was until recently blocked by large industrial lots. People of all ages, from different walks of life and cultural backgrounds are now invited to come and enjoy a diverse palette of equipment and activities: from sports, fishing, walking and cycling to environmental education, or simply to get an eyeful of the landscape. Continue reading Tagus Linear Park | Póvoa de Santa Iria Portugal | Topiaris
Petržalka is a complex urban mechanism, which has gone through an unpredictable evolution. Its inhabitants form an active and responsible community, sensitive to any change. The city-wide redevelopment of infrastructure and introduction of a tram-train line running through the core of Petržalka presents an opportunity to integrate the existing green spaces into a defined natural urban park, expressing the informally developed character of Petržalka as a “green” quarter over the years. Continue reading Petržalka Masterplan | Bratislava Slovakia | Marko&Placemakers + GutGut + LABAK
Station 2: In Detail …“How does an untouched forest look like?”
The four landscape installations replace the former nature trail through a piece of forest in Vienna’s Zoo Schönbrunn and reflect four different aspects characterizing woodlands: dynamics, diversity, sustainability and cultural significance. The aim of the concept is to arouse interest through sensuous experience, to simultaneously stimulate reflection and communicate knowledge. Through this contemporary dialogue, the real experience remains central.