PUBLIC LANDSCAPE DESIGN

 

Hennepin Energy Recovery Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
HGA
honor award

AW11-hennepin-energy-recovery-center

The Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC) converts trash into energy at the edge of downtown Minneapolis. Recent developments to neighboring parcels - namely the opening of a new Minnesota Twins ballpark - situate the HERC in a growing pedestrian corridor. The landscape architect developed a strategy to convert the former industrial backyard to a narrative garden that recalls the site’s rich natural and industrial history. A bosque of swamp white oaks set in a contained mesic prairie were sited over the footprint ofan historic marsh. Rows of birch and juniper trees contained in gabion planters signify the site's past use as a lumber yard and its connection to the Minnesota's north woods. A variety of plant species remediate both the physical and experiential elements of the industrial landscape. Deep-rooted plants were selected to fix nitrogen and remove toxins in the soil, while others were integrated in order to amend the sensory elements of the facility.

 


 

Target Plaza, Minneapolis, Minnesota
oslund.and.assoc.
honor award

AW11-target-plaza

Creating an elevated connective plaza over an interstate highway corridor required working within the complex infrastructure of three bridges. It also limited the design and placement of design elements. Essential to the concept of the plaza is its role as the connective tissue for the ballpark, the city, and its inhabitants. It has become an iconic public space for all people to enjoy. While walking through the main entry plaza, fans pass by custom-designed sculptures of Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew, and Kirby Puckett. Vendor carts line the edges of the space, adjacent to extensive bench seating under metal shade. Lining the main axis into Target Field is a row of nine 40-foot topiaries that recall baseball bats planted with hops a nod the cold frosty brew that is forever linked with an afternoon at the park.

 


 

US Land Port of Entry, Warroad, Minnesota
Coen + Partners
honor award

AW11-us-land-port-of-entry

The Warroad Land Port of Entry landscape design utilizes beautiful and economic materials to reflect the northern Minnesota vernacular and the dignity of the United States Government. The site is characterized by horizontal landscape interventions designed in response to the expansive horizon of the site and region. The project created a distinctive landscape that complements the architecture in a thoughtful and contextual manner, while addressing issues of sustainability and serving the Port's security and operational needs. Monolithic areas of slate flagging encompass

 


 

Maple Grove Town Green Bandshell, Maple Grove, Minnesota
Damon Farber Associates
merit award

AW11-maple-grove-town-green-bandshell

Conceived as an iconic destination for the City of Maple Grove, the Town Green and Bandshell demonstrates the ability for landscape architecture to foster social interaction and improve the human condition. A study in restraint and the purity of form, the Town Green in Maple Grove creates a powerful spatial framework that has transformed an unstructured, underutilized open space into a center for performing arts and community activity in a civic campus. The materials, particularly sand and gravel were chosen to harmonize the natural environment with the character of the built form and to reinforce Maple Grove as a distinctive place. Town Green's identity with the underlying geology of Maple Grove as a distinctive place.

 

 

PRIVATE LANDSCAPE DESIGN

 

Amery Regional Medical Center, Amery, Wisconsin
Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc.
honor award

AW11-amery-regional-medical-center

Reflecting the client's mission “to provide … quality healthcare and to promote the health and wellness of our community ”, this project incorporated low-impact development principles and sustainable stormwater management for a rural, regional medical facility. Located adjacent to the Apple River and as a listed ‘Area of Special Natural Resource Interest' by WisDNR, the site required stricter setbacks, erosion control, and stormwater management. The project's integrated approach created an ecologically enhanced environment that met the client's mission, increased community environmental awareness and holistic health, and provided a regional precedence for the adoption of sustainable site design and landscape architecture.

 


 

Waverly Gardens, North Oaks, Minnesota
Savannah Designs
merit award

AW11-waverly-gardens

The vision for this large, senior housing campus was to develop “Gardens ” as a theme and focus for the entire property. The developer's goal was to include a variety of garden types for seniors and their families to experience and enjoy. The final plan includes eighteen distinctly different themed gardens in addition to the lush, diverse plantings in the parking lots, boulevards and around the buildings. Recognizing that familiarity and intense sensuality (vivid color and fragrance) are important to seniors, this diverse landscape provides interest and connection to the surrounding landscape.

 

 

RESIDENTIAL DESIGN

 

Three Ponds Residence, Plymouth, Minnesota
Treeline and Shelter Architecture
honor award

AW11-three-ponds-residence

Suburban ponds and sloughs, once merely low spots on the prairie, are now being asked to handle runoff from streets, roofs, and yards. This has a profound effect on water quality as seen near one Twin Cities home by differences in algae growth in ponds with different abutting uses. The homeowners liked being surrounded by these wetlands (except for the summer green-up), but they also wanted a clear division between their backyard spaces and the wild areas just beyond. The design highlights that boundary and also makes a local statement about sustainability by tracing it with a linear stormwater treatment facility called the Greenline. The landscape as a whole is an aesthetic and functional complement to a new addition and provides formal outdoor spaces for entertaining, dining, and play. Inside the Greenline is a contemporary composition of sunken fire circle, concrete patio, stone circle highlighting the preserved-in-place “mountain rock”, wooden seating/light boxes, and lawn. Outside is the wetland.

 


 

Lake Calhoun Residence, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Coen + Partners
merit award

AW11-lake-calhoun-residence

This landscape is a comprehensive site design for a new, modernist home on a prominent urban lake in Minneapolis. The project is award worthy because the designed series of private and linked site interventions is responsive to the architecture and embraces the modernist ethos in a manner that is beautiful, functional, and reactive to 21st century needs and environmental sensibilities. A series of walls define the private landscape spaces within; their roughened finishing and dark color selected to emphasize material texture and encourage recession into the surroundings. Regionally sourced limestone and granite surfacing was used in all of the outdoor spaces.

 


 

Wayzata Home, Wayzata, Minnesota
Windsor Companies
merit award

AW11-wayzata-home

This historic Wayzata home was completely remodeled and re-landscaped in keeping with the history of the home. The goal was to improve and modernize the property while making it look as though it had always been there. One important feature is the innovative permeable driveway, which has layers of drainage rock and overflow pipes underneath the old street pavers and cobbles. The entry columns, door landing, walls and terraces are designed to blend seamlessly with the home. Simple plantings are used to delineate spaces and soften the garden architecture.