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City of Kirkwood


Planning and Site Design

Landscape Architectural Design

Construction Documentation

As part of a multi-disciplinary team, Planning Design Studio created the site plan for a new downtown performing arts center.  Various concept plans were initially developed; each exploring alternatives for public plazas, parking, landscape, stormwater treatment and evaluating the reuse of the adjoining Public Works site.  The final design was worked into a set of detailed construction documents and features the following: 

  • An entrance plaza, designed to be artistic and sculptural in form, with a series of cantilevered platforms that double as functional seat walls

  • A custom handrail, designed to complement the interior railings in the building, lit underneath with LED lights to illuminate the steps on the plaza platforms

  • A decorative sign wall, that flanks one side of the main entry platforms, made from dark-colored concrete to match the colors in the architecture of the performing arts center.

  • Landscape plantings designed to bring color, form, and a human scale to both compliment and contrast the grand architecture of the building—Additional planting areas were designed to help treat and filter stormwater in raingardens and plating beds.

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