Landscape Architects In Love With Landscape Architecture

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We all have projects that remind us why we do what we do. Hear from the Gates’ team as they share some of their favorite landscape architecture projects and companies that inspire them to get outside.

The Highline | New York City, NY

Landscape Architect: James Corner Field Operations

“The Highline is an effective presentation of Corner’s “Second Nature” idea.  It’s a perfect example of how nature can transform the daily reality of people living in compacted urban environments.”

-Claudia Rodriguez

The Barlow District | Sebastopol, CA

Landscape Architect: ZAC Landscape Architecture

“As an avid food eater and beer drinker, I am a big fan of the Barlow in Sebastapol. Built on the site of a former apple cannery and located in the heart of this small Sonoma county town, the Barlow is home to local art shops, cuisine, distilleries, bakeries, and creameries – all interconnected with common gathering and event spaces. The rustic, somewhat industrial aesthetic is both timely and timeless. Some of my favorite landscape features include recycled concrete walls and edible plants throughout.”

-Nemo Gonzalez

555 Mission | San Francisco, CA

Landscape Architect: Hargreaves Associates

“I love that this plaza is one of San Francisco’s Publicly-Owned Private Open Spaces (POPOS). The design is beautifully detailed with luxe materials, a green wall, sleek seating, tree groves, and public art. One innovation is the structure for the green wall, completely independent of the adjacent building. The lighting is integrated seamlessly with the landscape, creating a welcoming space after dark.”

-Valerie Conant

Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li  | Chengdu, China

Landscape Architect: Oval Partnership

“From the first day it was built, this project became the ‘destination’ for shoppers and tourists. It is a perfect interpretation of how to blend contemporary design into a background of traditional architecture.” 

-Jingwen Guo

Varvsparken | Hamnen, Malmö, Sweden

Landscape Architect: Gatukontoret Malmo

“This community park in a high-density housing development is a place I found myself enjoying more than I thought I would. It provides access to water; is walking distance from most residences in the area; and is near a waterfront shopping promenade. All ages were engaged with the interactive water feature and the passive boardwalks allowed adults to walk and relax while their children played on the various themed play structures.”

-Mikaela Bernhardt

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