Sunrise, FL – Landscape Design Workshop has won a 2018 Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects design award in the Residential category for their project AMLI Sawgrass Village. The project site is located in the City of Sunrise with two residential buildings and a parking garage tucked in between. The 350-apartment community also includes a free standing leasing center, a dog park and intimate garden spaces.
Prior to being developed, the site included mostly uplands and 2 acres of wetlands on the north & west sides of the parcel, adjacent to the Sawgrass Expressway. As part of the development the existing wetlands were enhanced, additional wetlands were created and combined into a continuous mitigation area. The developable area was restricted to the uplands with the mitigation area buffering the residential community from the expressway.
The client wanted to develop a community with a resort lifestyle and to provide amenities to a broad spectrum of residents. To achieve that goal, Landscape Design Workshop organized the community around the negative space created by the building footprint. Each one of these areas is programed with interconnected spaces offering a diverse outdoor experience.
The entry road leads to the community’s roundabout, serving as a drop off area and connecting to the leasing center. Tall native Royal Palms and lush vegetation soften the entry and help to reduce the scale of the five-story residential buildings. The roundabout also connects the entry road to the parking garage traversing between the restored wetlands and the buildings.
Each building is overlooking an interior courtyard. Landscape Design Workshop designed the courtyards as an amenity space for the residents, but did not want them to feel identical. The first courtyard is designed with rectilinear and crisp lines, whereas the second courtyard is designed with fluid and curved lines. Although the design of the two courtyards is based on different concepts, they both use a similar language of materials and design elements.
Open space is at premium in this project. Restoring the wetlands and limiting the construction to the uplands meant high density and large building footprint. The collaboration between the client and Landscape Design Workshop led to the efficient use of open space opportunities within the site constraints. This collaboration also created a vibrant community with a variety of outdoor spaces serving a broad spectrum of residents.
Landscape Design Workshop is an award-winning landscape architecture and planning design studio which specializes in designing multi-family communities that feature resort-like amenities and lush tropical character. The boutique studio caters to South Florida developers, property managers and community association leaders who seek outdoor living areas for residential, resort or mixed-use assets.
The firm has completed projects throughout Florida, providing master planning, hardscape design, pool design, lighting design, streetscapes, parks and open spaces.
Landscape Design Workshop provided services including master planning, hardscape, fountain & water features, planting, lighting and irrigation plans as well as construction administration services.
Erez Bar-Nur, founder and principal designer for Landscape Design Workshop, served as Project Lead Designer for the project. Mr. Bar-Nur is a licensed Professional Landscape Architect (PLA). He is also active on the City of Boca Raton’s Green Living Advisory Board.