A 38-acre park is the gateway and centerpiece of a 367-acre, Class-A Research and Development Campus and announces the first phase of an 80,000-acre master plan. The Campus is situated in a rural area of SC at the northern fringe of the Charleston metro region that lacks the genteel romance of the stereotypical low-country. LandDesign coined the phrase “Lines on the Land” to describe the concept for interpreting the striated and linear patterns which typify the area’s cultural landscape in juxtaposition to organic shapes and natural spaces. Regimented groves of crape myrtles mimic the straight rows of slender pines in the client’s managed forests and evoke the outlines of irrigation canals from historical rice plantations. The present lake began as the remnant of a flooded sand mine. LandDesign’s plan proposed a newly sinuous shoreline to create long water views and a gently sloping edge. A walk along the lake is a series of crafted landscape experiences; ornamental trees, tall grasses, and textured stone and bark augment the existing pine forest. The park both captures and tames the stark beauty of the lowland coastal plain; the oppressive flatness and unrelenting stands of tall pines become purposeful and majestic. When combined with the unassuming rural culture of the area and sustainable practices, the result is a new but authentic expression of the spirit of this unique region.

Office and Business Park / Recreation, Open Space and Public Spaces
  • Location: Summerville, SC
  • Client: MeadWestvaco
EXPERTISE
  • Landscape Architecture
KEY TEAM MEMBERS
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