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Lycée Francais Terrace, New York, NY
Located on the sixth floor terrace of the Manhattan high school, the garden was a ‘green’ gift from the graduating senior class to the school. The garden’s programming was decided through a series of community meetings that included the participation of students, parents and the school’s Sustainability Committee. The completed project features over 1000 SF of planted-in-place native meadow, a scientific work lab, and a student lounge with a series of custom-designed ipé benches. The long linear site, with a wall of windows along one side, is broken into a hierarchy of spaces that are arranged according to the structural grid of the building, and programmed based on the adjacent interior functions. Hanging planter baskets and a selection of planter boxes are painted with primary colors to reflect the interior color scheme while adding a touch of playfulness to the garden. A variety of late-summer/early-fall blooming perennials give a dramatic burst of color and texture just as the students begin the school year, and a selection of flowering trees and shrubs bloom in the spring as the school year comes to a close.