PROVIDENCE, RI COMPLETION: SPRING 2021
Client: Providence Planning
Architects: InFORM Studio
The Roger Williams Gateway Landscape is a microcosm of the "People's Pleasure Ground", a welcoming pedagogic garden to the surrounding neighborhoods that leads visitors through a transition of landscape spaces from the "Urban to Wild".
Entering through the gateway into the "Urban" portion of the garden, an open permeable hardscape space creates a flexible field for the variety of outdoor programs and events tied to Roger Williams Park and the Gateway. This seamlessly transitions into a "Stormwater Play Garden" that functions both as the primary collector of water for the site but also as a natural play area.
Sculpted grass landforms and log bridges allow visitors to playfully explore the native meadow like planting of the central rain garden. Raised planters intended as demonstration gardens for community education and participation as well heavily planted "eco-edges" inform and engage visitors while creating a beautiful frame for the space.
Leaving the Stormwater Garden, visitors will find themselves entering a forest ecology in which a meandering path leads one through a landscape of densely planted young native trees and a low understory ground plane planting, only to discover at the end of the path a "Treetop Tower" that provides a unique vista back into the garden.