Restorative Healing Gardens take over a concrete garage rooftop in L.A.

August 15, 2017 by  
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A healing green landscape has blossomed in the place of a former concrete plaza in Los Angeles. Local firm AHBE Landscape Architects transformed a concrete site atop a multi-level garage into the new Healing Gardens for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The unique, green roof -inspired system features four distinct gardens that promote healing, health, and well being for patients, hospital staff, and visitors. Since the site was located atop a building, AHBE had to develop a multi-layered landscape solution that would protect the existing building’s structural and mechanical integrity while accommodating four lushly planted gardens. “The Cedars-Sinai Healing Garden Plaza project presented several constraints that encouraged innovative thinking,” said Calvin Abe, FASLA, RLA, who led the project team. “The terraces had previously been unused for many years. We aimed to heal the epidermis of the complex by grafting a piece of living, breathing landscape above the existing parking decks.” The addition of the Healing Gardens is an extension of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s mission to prioritize quality patient care. Related: Light-filled Crown Sky Garden Offers Healing Properties at Children’s Hospital in Chicago The Healing Gardens comprise four distinct gardens with carefully crafted planting palettes. The Garden of Whimsy “lift[s] and energize[s] the human spirit” with undulating planters and a sculptural pavilion by Ball Nogues Studio as the focal point. In contrast to the more active Garden of Whimsy, the shaded Blue Garden is designed for quiet meditation and features private nooks and small circular reflecting pools. The open Plaza Garden accommodates a variety of events with moveable and convertible furniture ; the space is complemented with textural plants such as agaves and succulents. The Education Garden features “adaptive natives” from non-U.S. Mediterranean climates and includes space for outdoor lectures, health fairs, and informal meetings. + AHBE Landscape Architects Images by @heliphoto.net

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Ball Nogues Studio Wins Paris’ 2012 Pavillion Speciale Competition with Bright Blue Cellular Design

March 20, 2012 by  
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Los Angeles studio Ball Nogues made news recently when it won the 2012 edition of the Pavillion Speciale in Paris with its proposal for a bright, light cellular structure made of locally-sourced plastic tubing. The competition, which is now in its second year, showcases experimental work by architects under the age of 45. With just three months to complete the structure, Ball Nogues will work intensively with students at the host L’Ecole Speciale d’Architecutre to construct it in the school’s large rectangular garden in Paris’ 14th District before it opens to the public in June. Read the rest of Ball Nogues Studio Wins Paris’ 2012 Pavillion Speciale Competition with Bright Blue Cellular Design Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ball-Nogues , l’ecole speciale d’architecture , low impact architecture , paris architecture , pavillion speciale , plastic architecture , student collaboration , temporary pavillion

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