Washington, DC, May 19, 2017 — Landscape Architecture Bureau LLC [LAB] has received a 2017 Potomac Chapter ASLA Merit Award for its project entitled “Displaced Ecosystems Uplifted” in the Design-Unbuilt category. The award was presented last night at the chapter’s annual awards gala held at Arena Stage at The Mead Center for American Theater. Each year, the Potomac Chapter ASLA honors the best in landscape architecture in the DC metropolitan area through a juried awards program. The Design-Unbuilt category recognizes innovative vision within landscape architecture or urban design for projects that have not been constructed.
LAB’s award-winning design was part of a collaboration with Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS for a project (Solstice Baltimore) that was earmarked for development in the post-industrial landscape of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The unbuilt project recreates its displaced ecosystem by elevating lost wetlands and their functionality upward. In this new position, the former ecological workhorses of the harbor are harnessed, creating a symbiotic relationship between landscape and building, constructed and natural wetlands. The resulting landscape mimics the ecological function of the wetlands lost long ago to development while maintaining an aesthetic that is distinctly constructed.
The main outdoor space, on the roof of the parking garage, is a faceted ground plane in which wetlands are intermixed with pyramidal mounds and crisscrossed with pathways and elevated boardwalks allowing for close observation of the working landscape and views of the city beyond. The wetlands themselves are tied into the systems of the building, accepting gray water for treatment, as well as capturing stormwater runoff and precipitation. Captured water would be used for irrigation, for water features within the lower-level Grotto and for chlorine-free swimming, while also providing the dominant sensory and educational experience for rooftop visitors and building residents. This allows for the observation of a functioning landscape in an entirely novel environment high above the ground, while satisfying the developer’s main criterion — views stretching out over downtown Baltimore and the remaining active industrial landscape.
Founded in 1991, Landscape Architecture Bureau [LAB] creates memorable landscapes and urban designs that are practical, sustainable and of lasting beauty. Our firm specializes in landscape architecture in highly urbanized contexts, while providing expertise in solving design problems in the public realm. The firm has gained a reputation for thoroughly exploring the possibilities of each project no matter its size, scope, or resources, resulting in spaces that satisfy their users and engage the senses. For more information, visit: www.LABinDC.com.
Andrea C. Fitch, Principal-Business Development
703.217.8246 or email at: af@LABinDC.com
Washington, DC, May 19, 2017 — Landscape Architecture Bureau LLC receives 2017 Potomac Chapter ASLA Merit Award for its project entitled “Displaced Ecosystems Uplifted” in the Design-Unbuilt category.