Contacts
 




Keyword Site Search







Zeager
PolyTurf
Rubberway
Kristar
PFC Controls
Royola Pacific
Nicolock
Pro Products
Rockmolds.com
TLE Early Seminar Sign-Up
Freeflow MasterRoute
Pelco Handy Deck
Western Timber Frame Lightcraft
Wood Stone Nightscaping
Sweetwater Cabana Rain Chains
Smith Seed Outdoor Audio
Koolfog Next-Gen
Rainwater Collection Pondliner.com
Sun Ports Barenbrug USA
Spectra Lighting Amerlux
Eden Stone Traffic Guard
Dinoflex McNear
Schoolscapes TOP LIGHTS

Vitruvian Park Entry Plaza

Linda Tycher & Associates, Inc., Landscape Architects




The prominent plaza signage combines a 16-ft. tall vertical logo monument and a 20-ft. horizontal park signage wall. Both walls are clad in two-inch thick bluestone. The double-leaf Vitruvian logo on the vertical monument features ''halo effect'' lighting as well as internal illumination. The one-inch thick lettering is highlighted by energy-efficient wall wash lights.


An entry plaza was constructed in 2009 for Vitruvian Park, a 100-acre mixed-use development in Addison, Texas, just north of LBJ Freeway in the Dallas metropolitan area. When fully realized, Vitruvian Park will feature an urban mix of luxury apartment living, retail shops, office space and ''natural'' amenities. Vitruvian Park is Addison's first major sustainable green initiative. The esoteric name of the development is apparently an homage to Roman architect Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (circa 80 BC-15 BC), author of De architectura, one of the most important sources of modern knowledge of Roman building methods.

The Vitruvian Park entry plaza design builds on the goal of naturalized water features. As Vitruvian Park features a spring-fed creek, the decision was made to feature water in the entry monument plaza. The large plaza in front of the water feature connects pedestrian and bicyclists on Marsh Lane and Brookhaven College nearby.

The Vitruvian Park signage is on vertical and horizontal slabs of bluestone. The walls appear to rise out of the earth. Bisecting the dark gray green bluestone walls is buff-colored native Texas Leuders limestone forming the fountains that knife through the walls. The converging streams appear as if created by years of water cutting through dense stone. Two-inch thick bluestone weirs with multicolored tiles form pools of sparkling water that gently flow through the structure into an abstract V-shaped (V for Vitruvian Park) basin.




Triple level spillways feed into a V-shaped pool (''V'' for Vitruvian). Large pumps push water at a rate of 30-gpm/lineal ft. over 10-ft. wide, two-inch thick bluestone weirs with multicolored tiles to give sparkle to the water. Layered plantings of dark green Tamarix juniper and Loropetalum 'Purple Diamond' are set within spaces framed by the limestone configurations. Six-inch caliper mature bald cypress trees are the backdrop for the water feature.

The signage for the plaza combines a 16-ft. tall logo monument overlapping a 20-ft. long signage wall. Both walls are clad in two-inch thick bluestone. The double-leaf Vitruvian logo on the vertical monument features "halo effect" lighting and internal illumination. The one-inch thick sign letters on the horizontal wall are highlighted by energy-efficient wall-wash lights. The lighting effect of the monuments combined with the internal illumination of the fountain creates a soft glowing nighttime ambiance.

Layers of planting provide seasonal interest while softening the transition between the terraced walls. Abutting the curved bluestone walls of the plaza are six-inch caliper mature bald cypress trees. These matched trees provide a strong symmetrical backdrop, while allowing views across the plaza into the site. Powerful arcs of dark green Tamarix juniper and Loropetalum 'Purple Diamond' are set within spaces framed by the limestone configurations to soften and balance the stonewalls.

Vitruvian Park Entry Plaza Team
Client: UDR, Inc.
Civil Engineer: ICON Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Fountain Contractor: Water Features by Greenscape
Landscape Architects: Linda Tycher & Associates, Inc., Landscape Architects
Landscape Contractor: Metheny Commercial Lawn Maintenance, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Viewtech, Inc.

Vendors
Lighting: Illuminations by Greenlee
Plaza Paving: Patterned Concrete of Dallas, Inc.
Sign Graphics: Chandler Signs





Related Stories




October 17, 2019, 6:49 am PDT

Website problems, report a bug.
Copyright © 2019 Landscape Communications Inc.
Privacy Policy