Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Left: A series of shortcuts are created connecting the campus to the city across numerous access points, Right: The central pedestrian street is landscaped as an asymmetrical allee .
"The city forest on the historic west side of the UQAM (L'Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Canada) campus gives the landscape a strong seasonal identity--bright yellow gingko colors the campus in the fall, an explosion of magnolia blossoms announces the end of the spring semester. The tree canopy's sculptural branches allow light to penetrate in the winter; and in the summer, provide textured shadows. The horticultural palette also includes Kentucky coffee trees, honey locusts and American elms. These species were specifically chosen to create a high, diaphanous canopy that admits enough light for grass to grow beneath, eventually creating the sense of paths tracing through a grassy forest."
Two magnolia blossoms form the focal points of the courtyard in the Biological Sciences building.
"The irregular pattern of the paths acts as a counterpoint to the rather formal disposition of the historical buildings on the site, creating a series of campus shortcuts to the numerous access points that connect the campus to the city. The central pedestrian street is landscaped as an asymmetrical allee between the landscape of pavilions in a forest to the west, and the whimsical courtyard gardens at the centre of the new buildings to the east."
The irregular pattern of the paths acts as a counterpoint to the rather formal disposition of the historical buildings on site.
"The courtyard of the Biological Sciences building centers around the super-scale shapes of two magnolia blossoms that appear as if seen under a microscope. The giant petals become colorful beds of low planting; the stamens are translated as tree branches. These figures become increasingly recognizable from higher up in the building, designed to be seen from the transparent circulation corridors that line the inner perimeter of the building."
View of the courtyard in the Biological Sciences building.
"A second courtyard, nestled between the TELUQ (UQAM's distance learning component, Tele-universite du Quebec) pavilion and the student residence, negotiates the dramatic change in grade with an open glade punctuated by the forms of several leaves scattered throughout the court. An oculus in the TELUQ building to the north provides a privileged view of this whimsical landscape feature from above."
View of the courtyard nestled between the TELUQ pavilion and the student residence.
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