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Hortus Environmental Design Synergy

Hortus Environmental Design Synergy

New York, NY

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Photo: Domenik Wurnig www.domenikwurnig.com
Photo: Domenik Wurnig www.domenikwurnig.com
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2012: The Lowline Delancey Underground - Exhibit

Let's create something different, shall we? 

The forest floor is enchanting, magical and mystical.  Did you know that most of our common indoor houseplants come from the rainforest floor? 

For an inverted, or underground garden, Hortus conceptualized the forest floor as a compliment in direct opposition to the space aged technology used to filter light into an abandoned underground trolley station, creating an indoor ecosystem that will sustain in an enclosed environment (hortus conclusus) and provide a lush, comfortable space for visitors.   

"The scale of the knoll and the voluminous darkness combine to make you feel like you’ve downed a vial labeled 'DRINK ME.'" - Megan O'Rourke - New Yorker

Press:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=lowline-park-green-space-nyc

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2012/09/meet-the-lowline.html

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1670806/can-these-guys-really-pull-off-an-underground-park-in-nyc#1

http://gothamist.com/2012/09/12/pretty_dark_park_inside_the_public.php#photo-1

http://eastvillage.thelocal.nytimes.com/2012/09/24/chin-mendez-aim-to-take-lowline-higher-up-political-ladder/

http://whatsnext.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/17/lowline-proposal-for-the-worlds-first-underground-park-in-nyc/

 
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Status: Built
Location: New York, NY, US
My Role: Misty Gonzalez: Horticultural Consultant / Landscape Design
Additional Credits: Audi of America / Columbia University GSAPP http://www.experimentsinmotion.com/
James Ramsey, Ed Jacobs, Brandt Graves, Kibum Park / RAAD Studios http://raadstudio.com/
Terrain / www.shopterrain.com
Alban Bassuet, Anne Guthrie, Nigel Marcussen / ARUP http://www.arup.com/
Stephan Valter / Mass.com http://www.mass.com/
Cooper Cox / Disruptive Media Lab http://disruptivemedialab.com/

 
Image Courtesy and Property of RAAD Studio
Image Courtesy and Property of RAAD Studio
Image Courtesy and Property of RAAD Studio
Image Courtesy and Property of RAAD Studio
Lowline Exhibit Landscape Plan
Lowline Exhibit Landscape Plan
An example of what we may see on the forest floor.
An example of what we may see on the forest floor.
Acer palmatum
Acer palmatum
Fungi
Fungi
Autumn fern
Autumn fern
Non-vascular plant life
Non-vascular plant life
Photo: Domenik Wurnig
Photo: Domenik Wurnig
Photo: Lizzy Zevallos
Photo: Lizzy Zevallos
Photo: Lizzy Zevallos
Photo: Lizzy Zevallos
Photo: Lizzy Zevallos
Photo: Lizzy Zevallos
Photo: Lizzy Zevallos
Photo: Lizzy Zevallos
Zoltan!
Zoltan!

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