Flowering perennials, tall grasses, and ornamental trees challenge the confines of the ordered grid to celebrate the exuberance of nature. Bold sculptural elements that include wood-clad sky frames and custom-designed pergolas create space and reflect the surrounding architectural structure of the garden.
Residents can now sit amid the hush of waving grasses and bobbing allium, surrounded by towering skyscrapers. This startling juxtaposition is a key intent of the design, reminding one of their position in a lively metropolis while treating their senses to the kind of nature they assumed was unavailable in urban life. Tenants of surrounding buildings watch its seasonal change, growth, and regeneration each spring.
ASLA Illinois Presidential Award 2011
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Green Roof Award of Excellence 2008
Mayor Daley Landscape Award 2007