Good landscaping is critical to the quality of any project. Consider how landscaping and planting will be handled from the very beginning of the design process. Avoid considering landscaping as an "extra" that can be added in at the end of the project or, worse, eliminated in the name of cost control.
Good landscaping was critical in this project where planting, play areas and small courts help tie together multiple individual buildings across a steeply sloping site.
Carefully designed plants and landscaping help soften the impact of the large building surrounding this courtyard.
(201 Turk and 111 Jones)
Multiple forms of landscaping make this Los Angeles courtyard an interesting and attractive "outdoor room." Note how the plantings have created arches over the entrances to each unit.
(Willowbrook Green Apartments)
The sunny courtyard and the landscaping for this Santa Monica, California project creates a small private garden for residents.
(Ocean Park Co-op)
The landscape design for this Greenburgh, New York project allows surrounding woods to enclose the project's buildings which, in turn, enclose a simple, open grassy area at the center.
The formal, clearly defined landscaping for this Boston project is appropriate for its urban setting, providing a central court, open to the public during the day, surrounded by private patios.