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Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith

New York, NY, US

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The stonework, while clearly a new intervention in an historic landscape, is derived from the stonework found in other parts of the arboretum. The openness of the Event Pavilion creates an airy garden structure with many uses, from shelter to viewing platform, to outdoor classroom. photo Alan Ward
The stonework, while clearly a new intervention in an historic landscape, is derived from the stonework found in other parts of the arboretum. The openness of the Event Pavilion creates an airy garden structure with many uses, from shelter to viewing platform, to outdoor classroom. photo Alan Ward
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Harvard University Arnold Arboretum Shrub & Vine Collection

The challenge for this project was to design a new collection of shrubs and vines to offer expanded research opportunities for the academic community, while allowing visitors a way to learn practical information on plant growth, habit and culture. The garden also includes a pavilion, designed by Maryann Thompson Architects, for special events, outdoor classes and quiet recreation.

 
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Status: Built
Location: Jamaica Plain, MA, US
My Role: Project manager from schematic design through design development
Additional Credits: Douglas Reed Landscape Architecture (now Reed Hilderbrand Associates)

 
The soft arc of the curving path rises alongside stone walls which grow from slope, forming level shrub planting beds. The Event Pavilion sits atop the slope and commands an expansive view of the entire garden. photo Andrea Jones
The soft arc of the curving path rises alongside stone walls which grow from slope, forming level shrub planting beds. The Event Pavilion sits atop the slope and commands an expansive view of the entire garden. photo Andrea Jones
Vine structures , designed by the Event Pavilion’s architect, take on the form of a tunnel opposite the main stone wall with intermittent views across the garden. photo Alan Ward
Vine structures , designed by the Event Pavilion’s architect, take on the form of a tunnel opposite the main stone wall with intermittent views across the garden. photo Alan Ward
The upper pathway connects to the main arboretum and follows a fieldstone wall that emerges from the slope and grows to 8 feet in height. photo Andrea Jones
The upper pathway connects to the main arboretum and follows a fieldstone wall that emerges from the slope and grows to 8 feet in height. photo Andrea Jones

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