Where a building or any development is sited is as important as what it is. The Schmidt Associates Community Studio team is as sensitive to surroundings as we are to the specific details of each project. And our in-house landscape architecture expertise ensures we achieve an intimate and subtle balance between the places we create and the spaces they occupy.
The Best Human Intervention Increases Our Sense Of The Natural
So much human activity either deliberately or accidentally imposes itself upon the landscape, often changing it irreversibly in the process. We believe that the very best development, especially when it is focused on the needs of the community, should co-exist in harmony with its surroundings. It should in fact be a celebration of the environment where it sits and not a domination. Making this happen, while fully accommodating the needs of owners and users, is a major challenge for most, but we see it as an exciting opportunity. Schmidt Associates excels as solving complex issues.
Community spaces, trails, water parks, and managed rural spaces are some of the most important counterpoints to a busy, urbanized modern life. In so many senses, they provide the heart and the lungs of a city and its communities. We have developed considerable expertise in sensing what these landscapes offer us today and how they can best be conserved and enhanced; to not only make a different today, but to reward future generations. A rare blend of skills is called for to make this happen. That’s why we team landscape architects, civil engineers, designers and planting experts to achieve the best balance possible between desired function and natural forms.
Avoiding The Artificial Demands A Great Deal Of Sympathetic Design
It is not an easy task to arrive at a design that leaves its users feeling that their environment is “just right” and “as nature intended”. Each time we succeed, the satisfaction is great for us as the designers. But the true reward is the children, the hikers, the swimmers, and the communities who get to spend an hour, an afternoon, or a day at one with a landscape that refreshes and restores them. To discover more about the ways our dedicated Community Studio design team can create your unique landscape, talk to us.