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Queens Plaza Residential Development

Long Island City, New York

Abutting the LIRR corridor, this three tower and 700 apartment building complex will be defined by its common central landscape community “green.” This structured landscape has been diversely programmed to engage and serve a broad residential population. Landscape experiences range from places for private sensual “time-outs” to active recreation for large groups. A central open lawn and dining terrace attract large gatherings, while smaller spaces can be discovered at the periphery and embedded within the woodland forests. Aspen “copses” visually dominate the woodland’s spatial framework through their rhythmic patterning. These woodland groves initiate one of many human scale design treatments to mitigate the surrounding 40 and 50 story towers. A native base plant community matrix, inspired by the nearby East River ecology, unifies a dramatic topography that caps a multi-level garage structure below. Each of these cohesive landscape design treatments create both a strong physical and sensual sense of place – composing a galvanizing sense of community and belonging.

Client
Tishman Speyer

Design Team
Landscape Architect: HMWhite
Design Architect: MSME
Executive Architect: GHWA
Interior Designer: Clodagh
Structural Engineer: WSP
Civil Engineer: Philip Habib Associates
Lighting Designer: SBLD
Irrigation Engineer: WC3 Design
Landscape Contractor: Kelco Landscaping

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