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West 8's plans for Phase One of Houston Botanic Garden, called “Botanic Beginnings” have been unveiled. Set to open to the public in fall 2020, the 120-acres of botanic gardens including wetlands, a children’s garden and nature play area, picnic groves, a tree farm, trails and an events lawn will welcome Houstonians from all walks of life.
A year ago the construction of West 8 project "Parc du Moulon et le Carré des sciences" started in Saclay. Phase 1 is now completed and Phase 2 is about to be. This week, students of surrounding school buildings (designed by architects OMA, Gigon & Guyer and Renzo Piano) will start to enjoy their new campus life with the freshly completed main square "Carré des sciences" designed by West 8 as a pivotal gathering space. In the curves of the park, l'Etang, made from "meulière", a local stone, is materialized. This urban beach is a climate adaptive design which will catch excessive rainfall in rainy seasons. The curbstones made from limestone, extracted and shaped in the neighboring region Bourgogne, are being put in place. The planting is mostly finished and will be fully mature next year in fall when the third and final phases of the construction keep going.
more information: Park Moulon and the Carré des Sciences
New Holland Island from above
In June 2017, the Los Angeles-based design studio Poetic Kinetics dressed up New Holland Island in Saint Petersburg with their artwork Firebird Descend. This video shows the marvellous artwork and the park from above. Since its opening in 2016, New Holland Island, designed by West 8, is one of the most remarkable spots in Saint Petersburg. Courtesy ©Skyslant.
more information: New Holland