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West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v.

Nico Koomanskade 1021
3072 LM Rotterdam
The Netherlands

+31 (0) 10 485 5801

Belgium

West 8 Brussels urban design & landscape architecture bvba

Waaienberg 123
1745 Opwijk
Belgium

+31 (0) 10 485 5801

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West 8 urban design & landscape architecture p.c.

2133 Arch Street, Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States of America

+1 347 371 2252

Restoring Landscape Legacy

Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, USA

Designing and implementing a new framework for a historic space with a rich and layered existing condition, establishing Longwood Gardens as one of the greatest gardens in the world.

 

Creating a long-term strategy for Longwood Gardens first required a deep understanding of the rich layers of topography, hydrology, ecology, and history of the site.

 

The valley, the watershed,
and the landscape legacy

Within the context of the master plan, the Main Fountain Garden has become the first and most dramatic encounter in the 1,077 acres of gardens at Longwood.

Rethinking the
Hedgerow

 
Billowing Boxwoods create bold graphic gestures that both separate and invite people into spaces while highlighting the geometry of the garden.

 

 

The new public spaces achieve a renaissance for the Garden while retaining its identity as recognizably “Longwood.”

 

Creating memories,
joy, and magic

 

Client
Longwood Gardens, Inc.

Partners
Beyer Blinder Belle, Fluidity Design Consultants, L’Óbservatoire International

Consultants
Urban Engineers, Landis Inc., Irrigation Consulting Inc., Keast & Hood Co., Bancroft Construction

Imagery
© West 8, © Noah Devereaux

West 8’s Master Plan balances and safeguards Longwood’s historic legacy with it’s future.

Having worked for decades in historic European contexts, West 8’s master plan for Longwood Gardens successfully achieved the delicate task of marrying traditional European garden design with innovative design gestures and contemporary and sustainability systems.

West 8 approached the master planning process with two main philosophies:

First, look at the site through the lens of heritage and legacy, distilling the spirit of Pierre du Pont at Longwood Gardens. As a result, the completed plan is inspired by and rooted in the richness of tradition and was informed by the place and its unique history.

Second, and appropriate to Mr. du Pont’s engineering background, is the notion that infrastructural improvements shall be the driver for innovative landscape and architectural design. Innovation and legacy will be the drivers for the next 40 years of design, operations, and planning at Longwood Gardens.

Client
Longwood Gardens, Inc.

Partners
Weiss/Manfredi (architecture and programming)

Consultants
Fluidity Design Consultants, Sam Schwartz Traffic Engineers, Sherwood Design Engineers, Dagher Engineering, Stuart-Lynn

Imagery
© West 8

Photography
© West 8, © Noah Devereaux